I absolutely love it when an idea comes together and I have been so fortunate to have teamed up with a couple of other wonderful and like minded women here in our neighborhood to do some fundraising for local organizations. If you remember we held a fun Pack the Pavilion Food Drive back in May that provided thousands of dollars in donations of both food and money to our local food pantry and soup kitchen. It felt amazing to give back.
Fast forward to a few weeks ago and my co-hort Jane messaged Cathy and myself (The Terrific Trio) about doing some sort of mask drive for the local schools. We both immediately responded YES and the rest is history as they say.
Face coverings are going to be a lot easier to collect and deliver than canned goods so I think our project will be less labor intensive this time. We already have a great start on the collection and I am excited. The Communications and Community Outreach representative with our local school district is excited to work with us and as school will be a combination of in school and remote instruction those masks will be needed.
One thing that has helped is we created an Amazon wish list to help folks donate directly without even having to come to the event on August 15th. People can select items from our wish list and have them shipped directly to me so that they can donate with a minimum of fuss. I would love to extend the opportunity to my readers to donate a mask if they are so inclined. The direct link is here : Amazon Mask Up For School Drive.
I never thought of myself as a fundraiser – I am more of an encourager and cheerleader behind the scenes kind of person but it has been really a great addition to my life to be able to support some of the great efforts like Fill the Bus and Mask Up for School. Giving back helps give me a little bit of purpose during this time of weirdness. I need that. What about you? Have you found anything meaningful to do during this time of limited activity? I would love to hear all about it so leave me a comment and Comment for a Cause. Don’t forget to come back tomorrow to find out about our new cause.
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What a great thing to do. I think this is so important and will help so many families. Thank you!!!!
Thanks, Susi. I hope it helps a bit and it really is an easy thing to do —it is requiring very little work this time compared to the last couple of drives I have helped with. Masks are light. 🙂
You are perfect for this drive. Your enthusiasm, your giving and caring nature, all make you the ideal candidate to lead any effort in giving to people.
Here in Minnesota, the state is providing one cloth face mask to each student, teacher and support staff. And three disposable ones also. Our governor released guidelines yesterday on back-to-school. Basically, the decision will be made locally based on health data and other factors.
Our school system has said they will provide each student 5 fabric masks. Even that won’t be enough I fear.
I love this. I will absolutely support your initiative.
And you are taking the world by storm with your efforts and I am here, cheering you on, and thanking you for doing so. xo
Thanks so much, Andrea. I love that you are helping out by donating. That means so much to me! Stay well!
Great way of helping in this crazy times, Beth Ann!!! This was made for you. You are the queen of helping others my friend.
Thanks, Shirley. I hope to be able to make a tiny difference with these efforts I am making. So grateful for friends who make the load lighter and much more fun!
As a retired teacher, I am so glad to read of this cause. The kids and teachers are being stampeded over in t he rush to have “everybody back in school.”
We are so happy to do this little project. I know it is a drop in the bucket but maybe it will save one person some stress.