Who Needs Your Help? School Supplies shopping for those in need #bagitforward #Champions4Kids

Back to school costs seem to be getting bigger & bigger as the years go by. All those things can really add up. I tend to think about those in need at Christmas time during the season of giving, but there are other times of the year where I sometimes forget that someone could really use our generosity. My mom has always tried to keep me grounded even at those weakest moments reminding me that “someone always has it worse.” At times it might be hard to not dwell on our own issues, but doesn’t it feel good to help someone who needs it more?

 I have casually glanced at the Champions for Kids Simple Service display box many times and checked out the website.

About Champions for Kids Our vision is to change the culture. Ultimate success is when there is a transfer of identity from Champions for Kids as an organization to Champions for Kids as part of our collective identity, who we are as a community and as citizens.

Each year millions of children suffer silently and in many cases, die, not because we don’t have the resources but because of a massive failure of our imagination to engage more people in efforts to improve the lives of children in our communities. People care about our youth. They will help. We work to mobilize MILLIONS of people to be a force for good in their communities.

If our plan works, then we change the life course for millions of children—for generations to come

I regularly give to the school during the year, because I hate to think of the hardship falling upon the teachers. I kept thinking there must be something above & beyond our family’s usual that we can do to help with Elmer’s Bag It Forward.

Then, the domestic violence center that we regularly donate to sent us an email with this message: 

I knew in my heart that we needed to help. I am a survivor of an abusive relationship. After the experience, I began the process of healing by helping those in need with our local domestic violence shelter back home. Meeting so many brave people either face to face or over the phone that are willing to walk away from everything often with only the clothes on their backs takes courage. People of domestic violence have to do whatever it takes to survive. I think that kind of bravery should be rewarded.

Luckily, we have been bargain shopping all summer to get all the items on our kids’ school supply list. Between clothes, lunches, school supplies, and any incidentals along the way, sending our kids to school can be an overwhelming expense. I price match and clip coupons to try to save as much money as possible. I don’t think that donating has to be about how much you spend, but how far can you stretch that money to make the most out of what you have to give!

I love that Walmart has price match to save me from hopping from store to store. However, I was pleasantly surprised that all the current prices I considered matching was already the low price at Walmart. Considering how busy Walmart was that day that made me happy (and I am sure those who would be waiting in line behind me)!

To see our entire shopping trip, visit my Bag it Forward Shopping for School Supplies google+ album

Who needs your help?

Please note: 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 Champions for Kids #CBias #SocialFabric


  1. says

    I was recently discussing this very issue with a friend. He said he didn’t think he should have to pay for other kids’ school supplies. I know times are tough and there is a huge strain on everyone’s budgets, but of all the things I could do, donating school supplies seems to be one of the more charitable and kind things one could do.
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  2. says

    We recently participated in the bag it forward program and found so many groups in need of so much! We looked for a truly need organization in an area hit hard by economic troubles. The supplies that we donated were appreciated so much! I hope others who can give do so

  3. says

    It is such a great feeling to be able to help others in need. All the low prices on school supplies helps to stretch the dollar and allow for more kids to be helped, too.

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