We’re giving back at back to school with SoCozy’s exclusive State Bags Give Back Pack. Thanks to SoCozy for sponsoring this post.
Do you remember when “I Wish My Teacher Knew” went viral? Basically, a pretty awesome teacher in a school district of predominantly low income families asked her students to write down one thing they wished she knew about them. As you can imagine, many of the the responses were heartbreaking. One in particular has stuck with me many months later.
“I wish my teacher knew I don’t have pencils at home to do my homework.”
The thing that really struck a nerve about this child’s problem is that it’s one which is totally avoidable and easily fixed if only someone cares enough to help. It made me realize that this child is probably one of hundreds of thousands of children facing the same unbelievable issue of not having the most basic of tools to succeed. Pencils should not be an economic privilege.
I think for many Americans, when we envision poverty or those in need we immediately think of third world countries. However, right here in our own lovely first world country approximately 1 in 6 are food insecure. Food insecure meaning that they don’t always know where their next meal is coming from. ONE in SIX! I think we can all agree that if you’re struggling to put food on the table, things like school supplies become luxuries rather than necessities.
We all want to give back and for many parents doing the everyday juggling act it can feel daunting to find the time or funds do something impactful. This year SoCozy (my favorite line of hair care for kids) and State Bags have teamed up with an exclusive SoCozy Give Back Pack. Pick up the exclusive bag for your child and State Bags will provide a backpack filled with the essentials for another child to succeed at school. Initially I wanted to call State Bags a one for one company (you buy one, they give one) but what I discovered when I dug deeper was that it went far beyond one for one.
Your purchase doesn’t just mean a child in need receives a backpack and some school supplies. They get a lot more than that. State Bags rolls in with not just physical supplies but complete encouragement done pep rally style. That’s right, don’t you remember how fired up you’d get as a kid with someone riling you up to root for your school? Well how about getting fired up to root for yourself. To be told that you are important, that you are supported and that you are capable of great things even if the environment around you doesn’t always seem to suggest that.
I’m willing to bet that those words and knowing that someone who has nothing to gain from giving you a hand up CARES means just as much as having those pencils, notebooks, scissors, crayons and other supplies that give kids a chance at creativity and academic success. Getting back to those pencils, when I worry about back to school, pencils are something I casually toss into my shopping cart without much thought. But that changed this year.
I took Kayla to Target (AKA Disneyland for moms) and we shopped for Yoobi school supplies. Yoobi is another one for one brand. You buy one, they give one to a child who truly needs it. The colors are bright and cheery. The pencils are actually triangular shaped so they don’t roll off desks…which is genius. And all of it feels high quality and reasonably priced. We packed our SoCozy State Bag with some Yoobi supplies and plan to bring it to donate it in the hopes that it finds its way to a child who will feel empowered to succeed in the coming year.
Want to grab your own SoCozy exclusive State Bags Give Back Pack? I think the colors are pretty awesome and I added a funny little monster pouch to ours. Here is everything I packed in our Give Back Pack.