Every year we pay it forward and either give full backpacks to the school or get extra supplies for our kids classroom. This helps out by saving parents on a room fee. The room fee you usually pay is buy supplies and items that not all families can afford.
Gutzy Gear donated tons of $25 gifts to website owners so that we could make in an impact in our backyard. If you have been reading Nearly Nothing for any amount of time, you know we believe in helping our own neighborhoods first and then branching out to help others. There are plenty of needs in your ‘own backyard’ if you will just take the time to look.
I had a hard time spending my $25 because I am fairly well known by the stores in my local area. I have to start by thanking those that helped us out. Office Max donated 200 pencils and offered me the teachers Max Perks card because I teach public classes to teens and adults at our local library. Also, every time I went in for their limited specials of the week, they gave me an additional 20%, and of course I used coupons! CVS donated the four backpacks you see in the picture. If we had to purchase all four, we would not have been able to stuff four backpacks with our $25. Thank you very much for your generosity in helping us help others.
I would like to point out that the largest expense in the photo was the two packs of computer paper for $13.99. However, Office Max Perks will be returning $13.98 of that so my final price on the computer paper was actually 1¢ for two reams. I had to buy it and the kids need it for computer class. The erasers were 20¢ or less, as were all the folders, notebook paper and notebooks.
With crayons at 25¢ (some were free) and markers, scissors, and 12 ct. boxes of Bic Pens at 50¢ each, Nearly Nothing, with the help of wonderful store managers help make this event a great donation experience.
Believe it or not, because of all the great sales and our donations, we still have $6 left from Gutzy Gear. For our junior high school backpack, we are adding some money to that to purchase the scientific calculator that they need.
If you want to make a difference in your community, you do NOT have to spend a lot of money. Every single little bit helps a family in need. Your local school, library, community center can help you with ways to start helping with whatever you are willing to donate: from time to money. Your efforts are all appreciated.
So, be Gutzy and start in your own backyard.