Our Philanthropic Playdate for Elmer’s #BagItForward Campaign!

This last week, Shane & I invited some of our friends over for a Playdate for charity that was a lot of fun. Philanthropy has always been very important to me {I was even Philanthropy Chair in my sorority for awhile} and even though Shane’s still young, I really want to start actively involving him in charity work. So when we heard about the Bag It Forward campaign by Elmer’s, it was the perfect opportunity for learning- and for fun!

Bag It Forward is a campaign to provide students, teachers and schools in need with the supplies that they need for a successful school year. While for many, Back to School means sharpened N0. 2 pencils & a brand new backpack, for many others it means showing up without a backpack & borrowing paper from their friends. &With budget cuts for schools pretty much nation-wide, more & more teachers are having to provide their own supplies, without a budget to do so. So Elmer’s started Bag It Forward to encourage those with the means to pick up an extra bag of school supplies to donate to someone in need.

For our Bag It Forward playdate, my plan was simple {the kiddos ARE only 2, after all}: I’d buy some extra school supplies & lay them out, and then the mommies would help their little ones to fill backpacks with school supplies for “big kids”. Below you can check out my ThisMoment, showcasing my shopping experience at Walmart to buy supplies for the playdate!


Some of the products I purchased included:
Reams of paper
Pens- black, blue and red
Elmer’s School Glue
Elmer’s Disappearing Purple School Glue Sticks

On Thursday morning, I set up all the school supplies in a way that would make it easy for the two-year-olds to fill the backpacks with them.

In keeping with the School Supplies theme, I put out some of Shane’s crayons & some coloring pages for the kiddos to color on while they waiting for the activity.

When everyone came over, it was lunch time & play time first!

Then it was time to stuff backpacks! All the mommies helped their two year olds to stuff backpacks, making sure each backpack was stuffed with one of everything!

We had a lot of fun &while our kids may be a little too young to fully grasp what they helped us do, it was a great place to start.


While Back to School is starting here in Vegas today, it’s not too late for you to get involved in the Bag It Forward campaign, wherever you live! There are many ways to get involved- most Walmarts have donation boxes at their entrances right now to collect extra school supplies, so next time you go shopping there just pick up some extras & drop them off right there! You can also give supplies directly to a school in your area {this is what I’ll be doing this week with our stuffed backpacks}, or a family you know is struggling. If your kids are in school, send some extra paper, pencils or Elmer’s glue with them to give to a friend who has none, or to give to their teacher to give out as needed. There are many ways to help, so choose which one you can do & do it!

&If you are able to donate, you can upload photos of your donations to the Bag It Forward website!

If you’re unable to donate but still want to help kids in need, all it takes is a “Like” on Facebook- but hurry, time is running out!

From July 25 through Sept. 1, for each “like” on the Elmer’s Facebook page, the company will donate a product to the Foundation’s national network of free stores, where teachers from disadvantaged schools can “shop” for free for school supplies. Products to be donated include a variety of glues, foam board, project supplies and pencil sharpeners. If you already like the page, they’ll make a contribution on your behalf, but you can donate again by watching a video on the Elmer’s Kids In Need Facebook tab and sharing it with your friends and family.

&It doesn’t end there- Elmer’s wants to help YOU as well! Elmer’s is a Upromise partner, and now every time you purchase an Elmer’s or Krazy Glue product with your registered drug or grocery card, a percentage of your purchase will be put into your Upromise account. More information can be found here!

&For more information on the #BagItForward campaign by Elmer’s, don’t forget to check out their website!

How do you teach your children about helping others? Sound off in the comments!

Susie’s Note: This project has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Elmer’s #BagItForward #collectivebias. All experiences are authentic & all opinions are my own.

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