Who doesn’t love to go shopping? Okay, so most of the guys’ hands in our group go up. But shopping for a cause makes it so much easier and to know that you are helping children makes it awesome.
One of our favorite local charities is BackPack Beginnings. This organization’s motto says it all, “Serving children one BackPack at a time”. They provide food and/or comfort backpacks (based on need) to 600 children in 16 schools in Guilford County. Each Friday, local volunteers help to deliver the backpacks to each school. BPB also maintains a free clothing closet for these same students. The number of students it helps is amazing! With several of us being teachers, this charity is dear to our hearts.
A week ago, BackPack announced on their Facebook page that they were in need of several items for their comfort backpacks (full of items for abused/neglected, homeless, foster, and refugee children). Melanie W. posted a message to the rest of the group and everyone jumped in to help. We purchased 6 full sets of supplies which included hygiene products, coloring books, journals, and stuffed animals. Katie dropped off all of the supplies. We know that they will be put to good use!
We will be volunteering this month at the Kirkwood 5K, with all proceeds from the race benefiting BPB. We are thrilled to be able to help in another capacity! There will also be bins at the race for collecting comfort item donations. There will definitely be another “shopping for a cause” trip in our future!