After the backpacks have been stocked with all the supplies your child will need, there always seems to be a few stray pencils, paper and crayons that will not be used. Instead of throwing them away or shoving in a “just in case you need them” drawer, donate the items to other children.
Call a local shelter for women and children to inquire about donating the extra supplies. The families living in a shelter are struggling to make it day to day, so purchasing school supplies is extremely difficult. If your child has a backpack from last year and it is in good condition, fill it with the left over supplies. Even a few items will help to make another child very happy to start the school year with supplies
Contact various schools about donating the left over items. Teachers are always in need of supplies for the classroom and will often be aware of students that are unable to afford the necessary supplies. Online programs such as ” I Love Schools” or “Donors Choose” are great places to donate. These programs have literally hundreds of schools that are in desperate need of supplies of all types. Each site has several options to choose from, including choosing the teacher or classroom you would like to donate to.
Homeless shelters are also always in need of these items. The majority of children that live in the shelter will attend school. If you prefer to donate anonymously, simply drop off all extra supplies to the front desk of any shelter and they will know who could benefit from the items.
Daycare centers and preschool classrooms will be happy to take the additional items. Many of these facilities are privately owned and cannot afford to purchase new items on a regular basis. The centers that are located in low income neighborhoods are faced with parents that cannot afford the items nor can the center afford them so they would be overjoyed to receive any items sent.
If you are able to purchase any additional items while doing your school supply shopping, please do so and donate to another child in need. School supplies such as pencils, crayons, paper and backpacks can be purchased at a local dollar store very inexpensively. The items do not have to be new that are donated, nor do they have to be in large quantities. A child whose family is unable to afford any supplies will be extremely delighted to have a few of the basic supplies. Get your family and neighbors involved with the donation project by having them also sending their leftover supplies to a charity.
For more information on donating school supplies online, visithttp://www.iloveschools.com/ or http://www.donorschoose.org/.