If you've been to any store or watched any t.v. lately you know it's officially back to school season. Some of the kids have already started school and others haven't even started shopping yet! Our school district starts back this Friday August 10 but being as it's starting on a Friday it's kinda like a rough start. The kids can head to school and get a good idea of what supplies they'll need and then you have an extra weekend to get all your shopping done. I kinda like that idea as it eases kids back into the swing of things after being unfocused all Summer. My daughter is starting her last year of high school so back to school shopping at this point isn't quite as daunting as the elementary years when they needed so many supplies. I remember laughing to myself wondering when the school would be asking for toilet paper and light-bulbs! It seems like they have you bring in extra for those who can't afford their own supplies. If you are a struggling parent this can be very overwhelming. It's hard enough keeping up with the new shoes, clothes and backpack but to then add hand sanitizer, Ziploc bags, baby wipes and other things on top of the crayons, pencils and paper, it really adds up!
I've seen quite a few churches and organizations throwing back to school bashes to help give kids some of the needed supplies for the upcoming school year. I love this idea. Not only does it get your kids out of the house and off the phones it shows them the kindness of others. If you don't have any young kids or don't need any extra help then try making a donation. Lots of stores have really good deals on school supplies right now and even five dollars can get you a few items to help the cause! Look into what your community is offering and spread the word or donate, it feels really good to help and it's always nice to keep it local!
Another way you can help kids in need is to go through your own kids clothing. Find things that are still in good shape that they don't fit or don't wear and donate. Many churches and even schools have a clothes closet where those who need a hand up can come and get things for free. I prefer to drop my clothes off at a local church than a huge company like Goodwill. That way I know my donation is helping those in my area specifically.
It doesn't take a lot of money to make a huge difference in your town. I hate the thought of kids not having clothes that fit or the needed supplies to go to school. It's hard enough to try and focus and learn without the added worry of your shoes not fitting or maybe being cold from not having a winter coat. Helping those in need get back to school is a positive step for our future doctors, lawyers and teachers. Doing good for others feels so good so make a difference today!