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How to Run a School Supplies Drive

See how Domestic CEO helped with a school supply drive that provided full backpacks to more than 500 kids.

By
Amanda Thomas,

School is just around the corner, which means families are stocking up on school supplies. As a kid, I loved to organize and reorganize the supplies in my backpack every year. For a couple weeks leading up to the start of school, I would remove, sort, and repack all the supplies on a daily basis. I would also unfold and refold all my new school clothes at least once a day as well, so you can see that my love for organization started early.

I am fortunate enough to say that I grew up in a home where we could always afford new school supplies and clothes each year. The sad reality is that many families across the country can’t afford to buy the necessary supplies to send their kids to school. That’s where non-profit organizations often come into play.

My hometown has a population of about 15,000, so it’s easy to think that the middle class town doesn’t have a large population in need. The truth is, every school year an organization called the Love Feast hands out about 500 backpacks full of school supplies to area kids. Twice a month, the volunteers from the Love Feast feed families in need a community meal. Then, during the summer they spend countless hours collecting, sorting, and preparing to distribute backpacks full of supplies and sneakers to make sure that every kid in the area is ready for school.

My mom coordinates the Love Feast and the school supply drive, so I get to hear about the successes they have with this large scale school supply drive every year. Last year, I happened to be visiting my family in South Dakota at the end of the summer and got to help, and thought I’d share some pictures of the behind the scenes of this drive. I think you’ll see where I get my organizational skills from!

They take over one of the Sunday school rooms in the church basement for storing and organizing the supplies.

When new supplies are donated, they keep them bagged until they are able to be unpacked and counted. The master tally sheet is filled out when new items are added to each pile.

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