Eden Gives Back: School supply drive

Jul!a Jul!a
Hey everybody, I want to tell you a little bit about our next project here. It's on a smaller scale as opposed to a fundraiser, but it's open to anybody who wants to participate. I've seen the good this community can do, and I think we can all come together and get school supplies to schools and children who need them.

The first step here would be to check around in your area for places that are accepting donations for school supplies. Going directly to your children's school and asking what kinds of things they need donated would also be a big help.

These are some organizations and resources that you might want to check out.

iloveschools.com will help you find the wishlists of teachers in your area so that you can help donate specific items that you know teachers need. You also have the option of donating money either to schools that the site will pick, or to specific teachers; again being able to narrow it down to your own area.

Swap4Schools is a unique site that's based on sharing with others. The basic site is based on swapping stuff that people have for stuff that people want. Swap4Schools takes it one step further and matches the haves of swappers with the wants of schools, giving you an option to donate to a school's want list every time they list something that is on one.

This volunteer guide also has great information for how you can find unused or gently used items in your own home to donate to schools, and the best way to go about doing it. Here's another article that also talks about different ways you can donate.

If you're a little lost as to where to start, go to Google and type in “Donating school supplies in (insert your area here)” and hit enter. Check around with local churches, grocery stores, or stores where you might go to buy your own school supplies and see if they have any drives going on.


After you've found a drive or made contact with a school, it's time to gather up the things you're donating. Make a nice pile out of everything, then take a picture to show us. If you're donating directly from a checkout in a store, bring your camera with you if you can. Once you've got your picture taken of your pile of donations, head on over and give your stuff to some people who need it! Take a few pictures of you actually making the donation if you can. If you can't take a picture, that's fine too. This is about the giving back to your community. Once you're back home, send the pictures (if you have them) and a brief description to Rayne (Rayne@ edenfantasys.com) and you'll get your very own post on our Eden Gives Back blog! It'll be super easy to see everybody's pictures, and a great way to share all the great work you're doing!
08/02/2011
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Ansley Ansley
So then we're not doing the points drive?
08/02/2011
Jul!a Jul!a
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Originally posted by Ansley
So then we're not doing the points drive?
We'd like to be able to do both. I would need volunteers to purchase the school supplies to donate in their areas, and since I had at least one person say they should be able to do it last night I wanted to give those people a chance to get me their information. Ideally we'd like to do it in the next few weeks.
08/02/2011
Ansley Ansley
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Originally posted by Jul!a
We'd like to be able to do both. I would need volunteers to purchase the school supplies to donate in their areas, and since I had at least one person say they should be able to do it last night I wanted to give those people a chance to get me ... More
I'll talk to my husband and see what we can do in our area. If nothing more, I'd love to be able to donate points to someone who can make it happen.
08/02/2011
P'Gell P'Gell
In our state and county and district anyone who says they cannot afford school supplies has the entire haul paid for by these entities. I would like to help, but my efforts would not be effective as people who don't buy their own school supplies here simply go to the school and get what they want.

I can help with clothing etc. But, my buying school supplies would not be useful in our area.

Is clothing acceptable?

MANY states, counties and districts have complete programs for supplying kids whose parents don't buy supplies with full supplies for the entire school year. It may be helpful, if you don't have kids, to make sure your area doesn't provide this service before donating things that simply may not be used. In lieu of this, I'd prefer to donate something that the state and district don't provide. Is that OK?
08/03/2011
Jul!a Jul!a
Quote:
Originally posted by P'Gell
In our state and county and district anyone who says they cannot afford school supplies has the entire haul paid for by these entities. I would like to help, but my efforts would not be effective as people who don't buy their own school supplies ... More
If the school will accept it, that's perfectly fine. It's more about helping to get the schools what they need and if the schools in your area don't need more markers or pens but need say, aprons for art classes, it's great to give that. If you're talking about just donating clothing, that's still great, but when you email Rayne tell her that it's for the clothing drive rather than the school drive
08/03/2011
Ansley Ansley
Quote:
Originally posted by Jul!a
If the school will accept it, that's perfectly fine. It's more about helping to get the schools what they need and if the schools in your area don't need more markers or pens but need say, aprons for art classes, it's great to give ... More
Elementary schools will often take gently used clothing to keep in the nurse's office for "accidents" or if a child falls in the mud.

I noticed as we checked out yesterday at the grocery that there is a bin for school supplies near the exit door. They didn't do a great job of advertising it, so I'll try to get back up there and donate a few things.
08/05/2011
Jul!a Jul!a
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Originally posted by Ansley
Elementary schools will often take gently used clothing to keep in the nurse's office for "accidents" or if a child falls in the mud.

I noticed as we checked out yesterday at the grocery that there is a bin for school supplies ... More
Clothing is a great idea as well!
08/08/2011
Jul!a Jul!a
Don't forget to check out places in your area to donate!
08/15/2011
Jul!a Jul!a
There's still time!
08/22/2011
seaofneptune seaofneptune
I highly encourage people to take part, schools and teachers need all the help they can get and are very grateful for it!
08/22/2011
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