First, before you read this blog article. Grab a tissue and watch this video about Whitney Elementary School. When you are done, come back and read this post.
Did you read the article too? Did you see that 518 students out of 610 are homeless!
I am loading up our charity stockpile to donate at the end of the week to Whitney Elementary School in Las Vegas. This will be - hopefully - the first of many more to happen in the future.
Our first donation includes toothpaste, dental floss, soap / body wash, first aid kits, laundry detergent, razors, lip balm, shaving gel, feminine products, diabetes monitors, baby formula, cases of Top Ramen soup, chips, pasta, packaged meals, packaged side dishes, nuts and more.
I am asking everyone to donate something if you can, clean out your closets, look in your pantry, send money and I will do the shopping for you. (Remember, I can take $5 and turn it ~$30-50 retail.)
Send me your coupons from the Sunday paper / mail and my shopping group will use them to get the items discounted as much as we can.
If you live in Las Vegas, I will come pick it up and take it to the school. Live out of town? Click on the shiny yellow button that says "DONATE" - test my shopping skills to see how far I can stretch it!
I went to Wal-Mart to check the prices of some of the items needed so you have an idea of cost. Here is the list the school sent me of items they need. Food items should be individual servings that do not require refrigeration, preferably with pop tops and snacks should be individually wrapped. FOOD BAGS:
- Ravioli [$0.88 name brand - $0.74 WM brand]
- Vienna Sausage [$0.50 name brand - $0.42 WM brand]
- Chili [$1.28 name brand - $1.25 WM brand]
- Any other canned meat item such as stews, etc.
- Top Ramen soup [$0.18]
- Applesauce [$1.66 name brand - $1.50 WM brand]
- Fruit cups [$2.24 name brand - $1.76 WM brand]
- Peanut butter crackers [$0.97 name brand]
- Pudding, snacks, cookies, crackers
- Beef jerky, nuts
- Granola bars, breakfast bars, cereal boxes
- Water, milk boxes, etc.
- Juice boxes [$1.98 name brand]
- Plastic grocery bags
- Socks - all sizes
- Underwear - boys & girls - sizes 6 - 18
- Shorts - boys & girls - sizes 6-18 (includes husky sizes)
- Jeans /pants - boys & girls - sizes 6-18 (includes husky sizes)
- Shirts / T-shirts boys & girls - sizes 6-18 (includes XXL)
- Sweaters, sweatshirts, hoodies, jackets
- Shoes - children sizes 10 up to adult size 10
- Flash drives
- Glue sticks
- Art Supplies