Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Tip Tuesday: What to Do With School Supplies

I love the smell of brand new crayons, erasers, and the look of stacks of notebooks (oh my!). This is my favorite shopping time of year (yep, better than christmas). So, once you've stockpiled for your own family do you just ignore the temptation of all those pretty school supplies? Nope, there is still a need you can fill.

For the past couple of years I have had the opportunity to collect items for LDS Humanitarian Aid Kits. And guess what, they have a school kit!

A simple collection of basic school supplies this kit is distributed to children in need all over the earth:
Even when children are fortunate enough to attend schools, they often lack the educational supplies needed to create a functional and engaging learning environment. A school kit can transform even a meager setting into an appropriate educational space.
It is an easy and inexpensive way to really make a difference in a child's life. I figured I can make a single kit (bag and all) for less than $4.35 and that's just buying the stuff at Walmart, not chasing better deals (of which there is a plethora this time of year!).

Once I've completed my kits it's as simple as turning them in at Deseret Industries (carefully labeled), or turning them into my ward's Humanitarian Specialist. So easy, yet so rewarding.

We are blessed to be able to find such great deals to fill our families needs and live in a land where they can be educated so easily. The least we can do is give to those less fortunate than we are. So, don't try and ignore all the great school supply deals, if you are able, give to those who need it the most.

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