Zachie and MacLean have been looking for a summer service project–we try to do one big thing a quarter that they’ve picked so that they’re invested in the outcome. The twins decided to do the “Backpack Project” to put together toiletries and school supplies for kids at the School With No Name. This amazing little place is operated by dedicated teachers at the Road Home, our local homeless shelter for families. When kids are local, every effort is made to keep them in their regular schools, but sometimes that’s not possible. The School With No Name keeps these sweet kiddos up with their grade, but there’s not much money for extras. Every kid deserves a new backpack and school supplies!
If you’ve got a Smith’s nearby, they’ve got an amazing sale right now on toiletries and school supplies. I stepped out of my comfort zone and asked for a discount to buy 10 backpacks for charity. The nice manager immediately gave me 20% off everything! I know that Walmart and Target are offering great deals right now, too. We saved our money this summer and budgeted to spend $11.00 per backpack. The total bill was actually $73.24, so we kept under budget!
We bought basics like toothpaste, toothbrushes, bandaids, shampoo, baby wipes and DEODORANT. (When you can’t take a shower anytime you like, hygiene is a challenge.) The twins packed all the backpacks, and added a note to say “hi” to their new friends, wishing them a happy school year. I’m so excited to take the boys down to the school with their gifts–but not as thrilled as they are! See why I’m crazy about my boys? 🙂