Back to school season can be a really exciting time, but for those that can’t get their own supplies it can be a bit stressful. Last year, my youngest daughter decided to start her very own school supplies collection. I was so proud of her! She was able to collect over $100 in supplies!
We had decided as a family to donate this year to a dear friend of ours. She is currently starting up her own soap business since losing her job over two years ago. Her bills are really tight, and she couldn’t get any help elsewhere for school supplies. Her kids are starting new schools, and we didn’t’ want them to start without the supplies that they needed.
In addition to donating to our family friend, we wanted to join on the Elmer’s #BagitForward project. Elmer’s challenges people to collect school supplies for kids that need them and spread the world. That meant we were going to Walmart!
My whole family was along for the ride, my husband was sweet and dropped me off front since I am currently in a cast. I was going to rock it in one of their electric scooters! I was just glad that there was one left at the front of the store, otherwise this shop would have been a whole lot more difficult. I think my kids found it funny to see me in a scooter. They kept trying to beep the horn!
The Elmer’s back to school display was right at the front of the store. It was so easy to find. It had every school in our area, and all the supplies each school required. We grabbed the school’s list we needed. It was great it had everything on it she would need.
On the display I noticed the, First Day application from Elmer’s. I used the QR code to download the app right in the store. It’s a great app that allows you to take pictures of that big first day! Plus, for every picture taken Elmer’s is going to donate one product to The Kids in Need Foundation! My daughter saw that, and told me I had to take LOTS of pictures!
As soon as the kids saw the back to school section, they dove right in. My kids were having so much fun grabbing all sorts of special pencils and erasers for our donation. Bayla picked out princess pencils, while my son, Brenden, insisted on Spiderman. They were so excited they were tossing things left and right in the cart without even looking at the list. Thank goodness Keiran, my oldest, was there to make sure that they got most of the stuff actually on the list!
Other than the Elmer’s glue sticks, we purchase notebooks, pencils, erasers, glue, pencils boxes and few other supplies that were on the list. My youngest daughter, picked out a super cute Angry Birds backpack. She just had to have it for her friend. Even kids in need can use a neat backpack to start school with.
The back to school section had tons of great supplies, like these glue stick packages. Bayla was stoked to see they even came in color! The one thing I did learn though was it was a bad idea to shop for donation supplies on the first day of school. There wasn’t a plain number two pencil in site! They were ALL gone. We were able to find some really cute pencils though, which I am sure any child would be excited about.
Look at all the great goodies were able to get! I have to say I love the little baskets on the front of the electric scooter. It made it super easy to stash the school supplies we were scoring.
We were able to grab tons of school supplies, not only for our donation, but for our kids as well. Even though we homeschool, we still love taking advantage of all the great deals during back to school time. Bayla loved checking out some flashy pens as we were leaving the back to school section. Then, we had to hit the grocery side of Walmart to grab some things for dinner.
We grabbed some cheese for our pasta dinner, and then checked out. Our cashier was super friendly, and really helpful. She was excited to hear we were donating the supplies we were able to buy. It was great to be able to tell her that we were helping out someone that needed a little extra help this back to school season.
As we were leaving, my eldest, Keiran wanted to drive my electric scooter back to the front of the store. Let’s just say she’s not getting her driver’s license anytime soon! In the process of turning around she about hit three people, and I was one of them!
When we got home, the kids were all excited to help pack the bags and deliver it to our family friend! They pulled everything out and got to work! My daughters laid everything out so we could see what all our friend was going to get. She ended up with almost all of her supplies and it was all less than $25! That’s why we love shopping at Walmart!
Don’t think you can afford to donate? That’s not true, just sparing what you can and buying extra school supplies can help a child in need! Look at all we donated less than $25! Everything you can spare will help make back to school a little bit easier for a child this year.
To check out our #BagitForward trip to Walmart make sure to visit our #BagitForward Google+ Album
While you are at Walmart, make sure to take advantage of their FREE 5X7 offer during the month of August. Just visit your in store photo lab or learn more at http://Walmart.com/photo.
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Plus if you want to help donate, you can download the 1st Day app here and save those first day of school memories, and help kids in need!
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 and Elmer’s. #BagItForward #CBias #SocialFabric