A lot of people are still enjoying vacation and basking in the sun and not even beginning to think Back to school yet. But the retailers are gearing up and stocking the shelves with great new back to school stuff. I was looking through the Sunday paper sale ad’s just today at the amazing new items, especially for College students.
So, truth be told, Back To School is just around the corner, whether you want to admit it or not. And soon the young adults will be college bound, teenagers will be heading to High School, Pre-teens and younger teens to Middle School, and our babies will be heading to Elementary school, pre-school, and also to child care centers.
I love this time of year. I love to see all of the new items companies come out with. But for some kids across the country, back to school is a sad time. And can also be very stressful to parents.
Why? you may ask..
Because, the parents cannot afford new back to school supplies. It is no secret that times are tough. Parents are out of work, or on the edge of unemployment. They are worrying right now, not about their sunny vacation being over, they are worried because they are wondering where the next meal will come from, or where to find a job. They worry about keeping their utilities on, or even how to just keep from losing their home. These are the big issues in their lives right now.
The children on the other hand, even knowing that mom and dad are struggling, are still inclined to worry about, well, things kids worry about. School stuff. Will my parents be able to afford to buy me those new jeans, shoes, and shirts ? Will I get a new back pack, or will I have to reuse the old one ? Or get a hand me down from an older relative? How will I do my homework without new tablets and pencils ?
So many questions.
And while parents are so worried about bigger items, a lot of times the things kids so want get dismissed. They forget about them or they remember but don’t even bring it up because they simply cannot afford these items. And It hurts inside, hurts a lot.
There are not many programs that can help parents get their children the needed back to school supplies. Not even basic items. And this is a big deal for a child.
So, this year, I am working on a project with Elmer’s and Collective Bias to “BAG IT FORWARD”. The purpose of this campaign is to help a child in need with a backpack full of school supplies that they will need. So, this year for me, I am already thinking back to school. I want to get this campaign off and running and make a difference in children’s lives.
I have gathered up troops around the Pittsburgh region where I live to come together and bring a back pack and supplies to stuff the backpacks with. We will meet up and do this and then all of the backpacks (my goal is 50 or more) will then be donated to school age children who are in need of them. We are Paying it forward and bagging it forward for the kids.
This will not only lighten the child’s load so they will not have to worry about where they will get money to afford the backpack and contents, but also will be 1 less thing the parents will have to worry about.
I want to make a difference in these 50 children’s lives and at the same time their parent’s lives too.
So, my answer to you is, NO! It isn’t to early to think about Back to School. Think about it on a bigger spectrum then your own kids. Think about ALL of the children across our nation who are in need of a Bag It Forward project like I am doing. And make a difference where you live. In your own community or a neighboring one. It doesn’t take a huge amount of money or time to make a difference.
If you live in the Pittsburgh area and would like to help with this project, please contact me. (email: firstname.lastname@example.org) We will be meeting up soon to further discuss the details.
If you would like to be a part and show us what you have done or will be doing to “Bag It Forward” Please visit : http://bagitforward.org/ to learn more and see what others are doing where they live.
Watch for coming news as I participate in this great campaign!
“One hundred years from now, It will not matter what kind of car I drove, What kind of house I lived in, Or how much money I had in the bank, But the world may be a better place because I made a difference in a child’s life.” ~Author unknown
The Plus Size Mommy
*Disclosure - I am being compensated for my participation in this campaign . Views expressed here are my own.