Backpacks for Charity: School Supply Shopping

Every parent knows that back to school time means shopping for school supplies. My daughter is entering first grade, so her list of required supplies is still pretty short and filled with items like crayons, colored pencils and folders. Plus, I only have one child at home. For families with multiple children and/or longer supply lists, shopping can’t be cheap.

As a Walmart Mom, I generally get cool opportunities, but this one really intrigued me. We were given a $40 gift card and challenged to buy and fill a bag with school supplies. Sounds easy enough, right? Well, some of the moms took that challenge to the next level, opting to donate their filled bags to charity. In particular, Liz of Hoosier Homemade ran with the idea, challenging other bloggers and readers to do the same to broaden the impact of the donations and help as many kids as possible. She’s a woman after my own heart 🙂

Needless to say, I loved the idea, but gave myself a further challenge: Could I buy my own daughter’s school supplies AND a backpack for charity with my $40 budget — AND find as many eco-friendly school supplies as possible? Watch the video below to find out:

So all in all, I went over budget by $10, but at the end of it all, I was able to purchase all of my daughter’s school supplies and donate not one, but two bags full of supplies to charity (second bag shown below). And if I am able in the next few days, I’d like to donate another bag.

Do you want to get in on the giving? Here how you can help:

  • Buy a backpack and fill it with school supplies {clothes, paper goods or both}
  • Find a local school or charity to which you would like to donate
  • Write a blog post sharing about your donation {if you would like}
  • Write a blog post getting your readers and other bloggers involved
  • Go to Hoosier Homemade and add your post to the Backpacks for Charity linky on Friday, August 12th.
  • Tell your Facebook fans and friends and invite them to share a picture of the backpack they donated.

If we each donate just one bag, can you imagine the impact we could all make? Erin of Coupon Cravings and Lynnae of Freelance Homeschool Mom have already taken the challenge, along with some of the other Walmart Moms. Join us!

Disclosure: I am a member of the Walmart Moms program. I was provided with a gift card to purchase school supplies and compensation for my time and effort. Participation is voluntary and as usual, all opinions are my own.

By jennae

Hi! I'm Jennae Petersen and I'm the eco diva who had the bright idea to share my journey toward green living with the blogosphere. Some of you may know me as the founder of Green Your Decor, my blog about eco-friendly home decor, as a Walmart Mom, from Twitter or from my organic cotton t-shirt line Differently Clothing. Stick around for a while!


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