Each year at work we always do a school supply drive for the "Too Cool School" inside the hospital. The supplies are donated to this school so that children that are terminally ill or chronically ill will not fall behind in their studies. My department has won this drive 2 out of 3 years.
My friend Kim and I are the two that collect money, keep track of the supplies, tally the total at the end, then drag it all the way up the hill from Leavenworth St. to the main hospital. Last year we collected $1300 in supplies. When it is all done, if we win our entire department will receive an ice cream social. It's a ton of fun to see the absolute delight on grown people's faces when they are making ice cream sundaes in that meeting! Each year it is about winning for me, I am ferocious about it! I want to win each year! I love that wal-mart sells the notebooks for $.10, Office Depot has crayons, compas' and glue for a penny right now, there is a limit of 3 per person, but it gives me great satisfaction to get the stuff knowing it makes the kids so happy.
The number one need each year is back packs. Last year we had 18, this year we only have 11, so there is a huge push right now to get at least 7 more to hit last year's number. I love it. We'll make our goal if I have to buy things myself to get our numbers up. We even buy for pre-school age and early learning, so they want rattles, mirrors, baby grooming brushes, etc. Nothing can be used, it all has to be new. Today we found $.50 rattles at Wal-Mart that were very neat.
Hey, Leslie, don't sweat it, sometimes I take things the wrong way, I appreciate that you came here to at least explain. I grow weary of people telling me Malvern is wonderful when I have had many unpleasant experiences with the town and people in the town. Some people judge me on things that I have not done, but things that people in my family have done.
Yes, Karen is old enough to have children, they are really neat, she is a wonderful mother!