Back to School time may not be hard for most families, but it is for the ones who don't have much. That's where my grandma and I step in. We fill backpacks with lots and lots of basic school supplies for needy kids. We just started this past year but we look forward to doing this every year.
My grandmother, Laura Campbell, receives money from the church, which remains unnamed for confidentiality purposes, and she goes and buys a bunch of school supplies from local stores. She and I sit down and make flash cards, separating the boys and girls with their information. We then fill the backpacks with supplies that are suitable for their ages. After that, we tie together the bags by family and get them ready to deliver.
The day we dropped off the bags is a day I will never forget. The kids, and especially their parents, were extremely happy and grateful that they could go to school with something on their backs. I hope to continue this for as long as possible, because that big smile is one of the best rewards.
You look at things so much differently when you see how grateful and happy the families are.