Disclosure: ALDI generously supplied all participating Giving Back Packs Event bloggers with a gift certificate for the purchase of school supplies for the donated backpacks.
It’s almost that time of year! My Facebook feed is full of adorable pictures of my friends’ kids going back to school. Summer flies by every year, and this has been a great one. I feel like we’ve taken full advantage of all things summer with catching up with old friends, BBQs, lots of fun summer movies, and enough ice cream to make Willy Wonka proud. These are magical days, and a part of me never wants them to end.
Yet there’s another part of me that adores watching my daughter dive headlong into a new adventure. She’s about to turn seven—she’s becoming a big kid. I love her enthusiasm for learning and her excitement at learning new little things each day that are gradually contributing to the big picture of who she will become.
We’ve started to enjoy shopping together—gulp! Isn’t that something moms do with their teen daughters? One thing that reminds me how quickly she’s growing up is her concern for others and her interest in giving back. When I told her I was teaming up with my fellow bloggers for the Giving Back Packs Event, she was thrilled.
She kept thinking of “a child in need,” one whose mom couldn’t afford to buy her a pretty back pack or the necessary school supplies. She’s just beginning to understand empathy in trying to imagine what it’s like being in that child’s shoes. What’s it like going without? So many children have to.
First, we needed to choose a backpack to donate—one with plenty of sparkle. Only Frozen would do. The one we chose is quite dazzling.
Next, we headed over to ALDI to select the school supplies to donate. ALDI is providing the school supplies for the back packs, and that makes me love this unique store all the more. The store has so many unique products like European chocolate, but also many staples, for a bargain. It’s always a treasure hunt at ALDI. I was surprised to discover they had school supplies, but we found a very nice selection for the Frozen backpack.
With our school supplies in hand, we were ready to donate the backpack. We decided to support the school supply drive at our local Y.
The Giving Back Packs Event was such a wonderful learning experience for my daughter. It was a way to focus on fulfilling the needs of others and experience the joy of giving back. If you are able to buy extra school supplies for a child in need, get your own kids in on the fun. They’ll learn a lot from the experience.