For those of you that follow my blog closely, you probably know that I recently hosted a Back to School Donation Drive. I spent the last month organizing and collecting donations for a local Women’s and Children’s shelter. I took the initiative to contact the center directly and until this drive they had no idea who I was, I have never had any sort of affiliate with this center, I was just a random person trying to do some good.
Saturday, August 17th marked the official last day I was collecting donations. I am so happy to say that the donation drive was a huge success and because of the support I received from family, friends, and even strangers we were able to provide backpacks full of supplies to every child currently at the center. That is 32 children total! Plus there were still a few boxes full of extra supplies to go around! I am literally still in shock.
So first and foremost I want to thank some amazing sponsors and people for helping me make this such a huge success:
- My husband- He was the man power behind this entire ordeal and was extremely supportive.
- My son- He was such a great help and was a good sport about passing out the flyers during the drive. At 3-years-old he already knows what it’s like to make a difference in others’ lives.
- My mom- She spent countless hours trying to help me brainstorm ideas and shopping around to gather all the supplies for the drive. She was such a great inspiration and was really the person who made me the kind and caring person I am today. I simply learned from the best.
- Michelle and her daughter Paige- Michelle is another local blogger (Trust Me I’m A Mom). She was so great from the beginning and kept in touch with me over the last month. She also spent several hours with her beautiful daughter the day of the drive trying to get people to donate and showering us with their support. Paige was such a huge help along with my little guy and those two made a great team!
- Tenea- She was so wonderful and supportive from the beginning. She graciously donated some school supplies even though she does not even live in Utah. You can catch her reading a vintage book in her etsy shop Strawberry Moon Books & Boutique.
- The Staff at Walmart- The staff at my local Walmart were amazing to work with. They made the entire day a success by allowing us to host the donation drive in front of their store. They also provided a gift card to help purchase more school supplies.
- Kim- She kept in touch with me from the beginning and wanted to help in whatever way she could. She also stopped by for a quick visit on the day of the drive to show her support. You can learn more about her by visiting her blog at Utah County Moms.
- Many Family, Friends, and strangers. You know who you are and I appreciate each and every one of you for making this day such a success!
Now are you ready to see what was donated?
We had a total of 528 items donated. This included 33 backpacks filled with school supplies. We were also able to provide the center with 2 more full boxes of items that were left over! Isn’t that crazy? Each and every child at the center is receiving a brand new backpack and supplies to start the year off right.
You can also see the entire collection by watching the short video below!
Again, thank you to everyone who donated and made this such a great success! I could not have done it without any of you!
If you are wondering how you can do a donation drive this and make it a success, stay tuned because I have a post coming up for you!