I grew up poor.
That’s something I don’t talk about very often with people I don’t know very well, because I feel like it still carries a stigma even to this day as a nearly 30 year old business owner, but it’s important to mention now. I grew up really, really poor. I was the kid who didn’t always have school supplies, who wore my older sisters hand-me-downs, who didn’t even always have hot water to shower with before going to class. It didn’t go unnoticed, and I was picked on, but the feeling that was worse than that, was watching my parents worry about how they would provide the basic things we needed for school – and worrying as a helpless little kid, right along side them.
I felt guilty for needing things, and no child should ever feel that way.
Next Saturday I am hosting a back to school drive, benefiting the teachers and students of Chandler Unified School District, as a way of giving back as a mother, and a business owner, to the community that has done so much for me over the last four years that I’ve spent building my business.
I am asking for basic supplies – pens, markers, crayons, paper, spiral notebooks, backpacks, etc., and no donation is too small.
Every single item that can be given to the families in need will be one less huge burden off their shoulders – and off their children’s shoulders.
I would love your support, and there is more than one way to get involved!
1. Stop by and drop off your donations! I’ll be hanging out at BLD in Chandler, on Alms School and Germann, Saturday July 16th from 10 am – 2 pm accepting donations. Come say hi, drop off whatever you can, and feel good about giving back!
2. Fill a bag. The weekend before the drive (Saturday, July 9th) I’ll be dropping off donation bags in my neighborhood, which can be filled and left on your porch for pick up the morning of the 16th. If you don’t live in my neighborhood I’ll still bring you a bag! Just send me an email or a text with your address and I’ll drop one off.
3. Call me! If you want to donate, help out, or get involved in any way, but won’t be able to fill a bag or drop anything off, call me! I will definitely do whatever I can to make sure your effort is recognized and your contribution is counted, even if it can’t be done via one of the ways listed above.
Success is not built on the backs of those behind you. It’s built by caring about the people who make up the community in which you want to work, live, and prosper. If you care about them – really – and show it, they will in turn care about you, and your business.
Even if you can’t donate or help with the event, just sharing it with your friends and family would be so meaningful. You never know who might be looking for a way to support their local schools and community, that might find this event the perfect opportunity to do so! You also never know who might be struggling, and desperately hoping that an event like this will ease their burden – even if only slightly. Share this post, spread the word, or join the Facebook event for more info!