EVENT DATE: Jul 25, 2013
In happy memory of my lovely mother, it is again that time of year to turn to thoughts of school backpacks!!
WHAT AM I TALKING ABOUT?
Some of you have participated before, but if you didn't know... the organization is the Adopt A Native Elder program. Contrary to the name of the org, the backpacks go directly to school children - as many kids are left in the grandparents' care when parents have to go to larger cities to find jobs. The elders often can't afford to buy books or supplies.
WHERE CAN I READ ABOUT THE ANE PROGRAM?
here is the website, specifically the backpack program page:
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
*Everything* helps! Pick an option:
1. You can pick an age between 8-14, buy a backpack, and fully or partially stuff supplies for that age. There is a list of needed supplies on the webpage above.
2. You can buy an empty school backpack and i will stuff them with the supplies from option 3.
3. You can pick an age (similar to option 1) and buy supplies without a backpack and i will stuff the supplies into one of the empty backpacks from option 2.
4. You can donate it directly to the "For the Children" fund at Adopt a Native Elder through this page.
5. As always, you can send me the money, and I will either buy supplies and stuff the bags, or donate directly to ANE, depending on time.
NOTE: You can deduct these expenses from your taxes as a donation if you itemize your taxes.
WHEN DO I NEED THEM?
I'll need to have everything in my hot little hands by July 25 this year. That said, if you're a little late, ALL DONATED BACKPACKS/SUPPLIES WILL STILL BE USED. they will be delivered on a separate food run later. school starts at the end of July.
WHY DO I DO THIS?
I've been buying backpacks and supplies for reservation children since 2004, the year my mom died, in her memory. My mom went on a food run a few years earlier (there are semi-annual food runs to take care boxes to the elders) to the Navajo reservation. The backpacks go to the grandkids of the elders.
It seemed a fitting memorial, and I did it for a couple years on my own. I told some friends about it, and they jumped on board, and then some people wanted to go shopping with me to buy their own backpacks, and then FACEBOOK came around and it totally exploded from there. :)
it's been fabulous, and makes me happier each year.