I really like the idea of helping others. But…I am sooo busy!
I really am. And I am a homeschool, stay at home mom. I do not even have a 9 a.m. meeting or a child spitting up on me. (I do, at this exact moment have a dog throwing up somewhere, but I am not going to get that yet). I have something to share with you.
One thing that is making helping others easier for me lately are these Simple Service projects I heard about online with Champions for kids. Companies like Walmart and Elmers are giving loads of help as well.
This month I got a Bag It Forward Mission.
Grin. School supplies! I am such a geek and I love school supplies.
For this Bag It Forward mission I got to get some quality school supplies like Elmer’s items (and of course Perry stuff) at Walmart, and get some friends and neighbors to help me create a donation.
From there, all kinds of fun ensued. Seriously! I got to download a cute App, help children in need in two different ways, experience how much kids love to help and have a fun party experience.
You can see all that happened on my Google+ story here:
The first thing I did was go to Walmart and check out the Elmer’s 1st Day App. I found the carousel with supply lists:
See the QR code?
This is a Free App for iPhone and Android. Just snap a picture, create a memory and share with your friends and family.
And, get this – you will also help children in need receive school supplies just by taking a picture!
So HOW exactly does this App really help others?
“For every picture uploaded with the 1st day app, Elmer’s will donate one product to the Kids in Need Foundation and is proud to help with a donation of up to 200,000 products.”
After downloading my app, I got to shop.
As we checked out, I thought about ways to collect extra donations from my friends, neighbors and family. My daughter and I were throwing a crafting party and it seemed perfect make this very personal to some of the kids and to ask them to bring some extra school supplies to donate!
I expected a few items, but the girls, ranging in age from 7 to 16, brought tons of things. I think kids are so generous. They often just need a little direction on how to help—even if my direction was just get some supplies. I love these Simple Service Projects.
I was so proud of the little girls who all took this so seriously. Not only did the girls bring many staple supplies, glue, paper, glue sticks, markers, crayons and binders, they also brought some fun supplies with Disney characters like Perry. I know those will make some little child smile!
I was thinking of donating our supplies to the Boys and Girls Club close to me. But I walked into church this Sunday morning and saw that our church doing a Cherokee Ministry School Supply Collection (for the Cherokee Compassionate Ministries in North Carolina).
I immediately felt that this was the perfect way to share our donation. I cannot wait to tell the girls this is where our donation ended up!
You can also support The Bag It Forward Mission in your town. Download the App and/or visit Walmart and pick up some great Elmer’s School supplies to donate to support the First Day App and the idea of helping other schoolchildren in need with the Bag It Forward project. Because EVERY child should have some special new supplies for back to school!
See Bag It Forward on Pinterest or visit Elmer’s: Elmer’s on Facebook and Elmer’s on Twitter
Where should you go to download the app?
The 1st Day™ app is available now for download on iPhone and Android mobile devices via QR (Quick Response) code scan; codes can be found on select Elmer’s glue bottles and will be displayed in stores where school supplies are sold.
Also, the app is available for download directly from the iTunes Store and Google Play or here: 1st Day App download
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