Friday, August 21, 2009
Backpacks for Kids 2009
200 Empty Backpacks purchased, 12 backpacks donated employees at Grant Regional Hospital (filled with supplies and checks to help with the project), and Grant County Social Services raised money to purchase 75 from Menards. When we work together we can turn backpacks and school supplies into miracles for many children before school starts.
Becca and I spent the day organizing supplies into a school supply warehouse. Chairs became work tables and my feet hurt from all the walking.
What do you do with all the FREE toothbrushes to get Walgreens Register Rewards? Stuff them in Backpacks and thanks to Our family Dentist we were able to put toothpaste and dental floss with each. Along with the trial size deodorants for the middle and high schoolers.
Detamara kept us on track by giving us the backpack label, the notecard with the backpack number which after many years of missing labels is not placed in the front pocket to make sure we know whose bookbag it is.
Becca's service dog Morgan thought backpacks are for riding in. Doesn't she use one in the stores?
Two social workers from the county and two teens volunteered their Wednesday evening helping us pack the Backpacks until 8:00. Thank you for helping kids.
200 fully stuffed backpacks for kids in Grant County ready for School.
Did you know a Toyota Sequoia can hold l60 Backpacks and not one more?
The backpacks were delivered to social services yesterday.
200 backpacks and pencils
400 packages of filler paper, pencils
150 packages of pens,
600 package of erasers
200 packages of crayons (2 each for the younger kids)
900 spiral bound notebooks
900 folders to match
120 toothbrushes and toothpaste (next year I will have to plan better)
200 highlighters or packages of highlighters
24 Kleenex boxes for the Kindergarteners and Preschoolers
150 packages of colored pencils
200 packages of Marker Pens
and a whole lot more.
We will be sending extra supplies to the elementary school and the church for youth programs.
19 years ago, someone cared enough to adopt Kristy, Nathan, Ian and Marissa for school. When Becca was in the hospital and our family had fallen into poverty a Backpack Angel Tree filled the need. When you receive you pay it forward. 6200 times in the past 9 years.