#1- Assist Others

As I mentioned in my previous post, I recently graduated with my Master of Science in Nutrition Education. What I failed to mention was that my husband also graduated with his Master of Arts in History in May. We balance each other out well!

We wanted to have a small gathering to show off our house now that it’s finally “finished” and celebrate our accomplishments! In sitting down to plan, we decided we didn’t need “stuff” for our house and we didn’t want our guests to feel pressured to bring something. We just wanted them with us to come celebrate and enjoy themselves. We feel very fortunate to have been able to pursue our dreams with few barriers but know that’s not always the case for children. Wanting to aid in others’ success in school we suggested a donation of school supplies in lieu of gifts, if they felt so obliged.

We were completely blown away with the outpouring of generosity. My small laundry basket I set out to collect the few items we would receive was filled before the third guest arrived!!

Once it was all said and done we took a moment to take it all in.

I’m looking forward to delivering most of these donations to my sister tomorrow. She’s a family case manager and her work has a closet for foster children in need of basic needs, one of which being school supplies. The rest will be delivered to some students in my school district.

As I was getting ready for bed last night, I realized that we had our first annual school supplies drive. (I just haven’t told my husband yet)!!! I’m looking forward to doing this next year, as our collective donations are far beyond what we alone can provide.

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