My first Random Acts Of Zhu project was with Blessings In A Backpack at Spring Hill Elementary School. I was blessed in return with smiles of joy, hugs and the looks of surprise from the students I met.
The makers of Zhu Zhu Pets and Kung Zhu, Cepia, LLC, chose 100 bloggers to donate 104 Zhu Zhu Pets to local non-profits that provide toys to needy children.
I went to Spring Hill Elementary School yesterday and met up with “super volunteer”, Maureen Follansbee, who gives of her time to both the school and other organizations. Along with Maureen, there were four students (2 sets of siblings) who were going to be given toys they didn’t expect and one of the Guidance Counselors who also helped out. If I could bottle the look on their faces, I would carry them with me to brighten my dreary days! The thing that really touched my heart is that they didn’t push to get their toys and were even shy to chose which ones they wanted. In fact they were happy to get what ever pet was given to them.
My Local Charity
Blessings In A Backpack provides food to students who receive free or reduced lunch each Friday. This helps provide them with nourishment over the weekend so they can return to school ready to learn. A guidance counselor, nurse, teacher, or other caring person in the community adopts a school and takes on the responsibility of coordinating the process and fundraising. In my area, the non-profit organization People Helping People in Hernando County has taken on this task. 50 children receive backpacks in my county and I’m sure that many more can use the help.
What You Can Do
The school I visited, Spring Hill Elementary, is a Title 1 school, which means that at least 40% of students are enrolled in the free and reduced lunch program. In other words, at least 40% of the students are low-income. If 50 children in the county are enrolled in Blessings In A Backpack, that shows the need for more help. You can donate money, items, solicit donations or volunteer your time with People Helping People in Hernando County.
Blessings In A Backpack, a national non-profit also needs monetary donations, backpacks, food and volunteers. You can also adopt a school in your own community, or contact the program already in progress and see how you can help. You don’t need to have a lot of money or a lot of time, just do what you can.
Thank you to Cephia LLC for the opportunity to take part in Random Acts of Zhu and for the Zhu Zhu pets that I was able to donate. This is just part one, which has helped me feel the real spirit of the holidays – giving.