#BagItForward Donations Help Ryves Youth Center get ready for school – you can help, too!

by on August 15, 2012 in Personal Experiences

Classes for many schools in Terre Haute started yesterday. I can hardly believe it. Where has the summer gone??

My daughter is very excited about the concept of school and anything to do with school. She loves buses (we actually built her a cardboard bus earlier this year!), school supplies and of course…playgrounds! She won’t turn three until February, but school is already something she looks forward to!

Last week I took my son and daughter shopping to Walmart as part of a SIMPLE Service Project with Champions for Kids. Our mission was to find school supplies that we could donate to help children in our community get ready for school. You can learn more about this SIMPLE Service project here.

Walmart has great prices, and we picked up a lot of single supplies that can be used by many different children. Don’t forget that Walmart has a price match policy, so you can bring in a competitor’s ad and they’ll match it! Plus, you can use coupons if you have them.

Click here to see the Google+ Album of our Bag It Forward shopping trip!

Champions for Kids has also made it easy for you to donate supplies in a hassle-free way. If you don’t feel like buying individual supplies, you can grab these pre-filled supply packs that come loaded with most things students will need for school. As a bonus, they come with a $35 coupon book!

We chose to give our donations to Ryves Youth Center at Etling Hall. We’ve collected items for them for past SIMPLE Service Projects (Couponing for Good and Game Day Challenge), and wanted to help them again.

Ryves Youth Center helps low-income and homeless children and their families. They have a variety of services and programs, including a pre-school program and an after school program for school-aged children. Having new school supplies not only helps the budget for the center, but it helps the kids feel good. It’s been proven that having quality supplies is important to building a child’s confidence and self-esteem which, in turn, supports educational accomplishments.

In addition to pre-school and after school programs, Ryves Youth Center has several feeding programs. They feed the children in the pre-school program, and they also serve dinner for the children in school. These meals are sometimes the only meals these children will have when not in school. You can read a little more about these programs in my Couponing for Good project post.

I originally planned a trip with both kids over to Ryves Youth Center to drop off the donations, but my son was not feeling well, so I had a friend take the items for me (thank you Aunt Dawn-Dawn!). As we packed up everything we bought (see our shopping trip here), I spent some time with my daughter talking about what we were doing, and how we can help other people in our community.

She was very intrigued by each item, so we talked about how they might be used, and why items like these are important for children to have as they start school. She was very proud to be able to help pack up our donation box!

We also took this opportunity to send our Couponing for Good items over, too. These are items I collected in my Couponing for Good Donation Basket. My goal is to pick up free or cheap items on an on-going basis so that that I can donate them. By using my coupons I am able to help those in need without hurting my own budget! All the items in the box below cost only $4.50 total!

Even though school is back in session for many schools, there is still plenty of time to donate and help out! Ryves Youth Center is always accepting donations, and so are most schools and other community organizations!

If you are in Terre Haute, you can drop off donations here:

If you’d like to learn more about SIMPLE Service Projects, how you can get involved helping in your community or just chat about Champions for Kids and Elmer’s, check our their Facebook communities and Twitter feeds:

Did you do anything to help the kids in your community get ready for school this year? I’d love to hear about it! Also, If you did participate in a school supply drive, please let Champions for Kids know by reporting it here!

I am a member of the Collective Bias™ Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias™ and Champions for Kids, but the opinions and enthusiasm are all my own. 

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