I recently had the privilege of meeting Zach Bonner, a 13 year old boy with a big heart who’s a great philanthropist. He has participated in many things through his organization Little Red Wagon and we got a chance to talk about one thing close to his heart: donating school supplies.
At this time of year each year lots of stores have free or cheap school supplies and although I don’t have a school-age child I love to get items and donate them. On one income we couldn’t write a check for such things but we can help by doing the shopping and donating.
I wanted to share Zach’s video with you and some places for you to donate to:
Operation Christmas Child. This is a place that my husband and I have worked with for years by packing boxes. In fact last year I put together this video to show how we packed 45 boxes for $45. It’s easy, fun and you can do it with the kids. Tim and I spent 3 years in Thailand as missionaries and seeing the poverty some children live in is shocking and heartbreaking. Although these boxes won’t fix everything, it really helps.
Boys & Clubs of America .
Local Schools are always in need. Find one HERE. You could also see if a local church is doing something.
Do Something 101 is a national school supply drive where Staples is encouraging teens to host their own school supply drive and drop off collected school supplies to donation bins at Staples. The donated supplies will then be distributed to a local charity that has been matched to that particular Staples store. You can go to Do Something 101 for ideas on how to run local school supply drives and to sign up for an action kit.
Operation Backpack is run by Volunteers of America but only available in some areas.