In July and August, when school supplies are on sale for very little money, I purchase a bunch of small crayon boxes, glue sticks, pencils, sharpeners, tablets, etc. I give each grandchild a supply for starting school and keep some for stocking stuffers at Christmas. By Christmas, they have used, lost or broken most of what was given to them at the beginning of school. When they go back to school from Christmas break, they have all new supplies for the second half of the year.
By eiw from Lancaster, PA
Those sales items could also be sent to needy children around the world through outreach programs like "Operation Christmas Child," administered by Evangelist Billy Graham's son, Franklin. Much as your own kids and grandkids appreciate them, needier children appreciate them even more. And, these items may be the only Christmas these children receive. I'm sure you could find plenty of info on such programs via a simple online search.
If you'd rather keep your giving local, you might ask your child's teacher or principal to whom you could give a "shoebox Christmas" type package. Keep it anonymous if you prefer. (11/02/2009)
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