Tuesday, December 16, 2014

DAY # 4, 5, 6 -- Spontaneous Service In the Moment

My Internet service is back up but enjoyed the down time.  It was good having to do things the old-fashioned way.  No Netflix downloads.  Only DVD's.  No Pinterest.  Only magazines. Not such a bad thing to have an Internet fast for four days.  
But on with 

13 Days to SHARE, LOVE, SERVE.

Days 4, 5, 6.

Long ago, wise men traveled afar to see the Christ child.  
They followed the star.  
They saw the star as it really was and not as the naysayers or unbelievers saw it.
Because they were alert and aware to spiritual promptings.  
Because they had prepared their spirits to receive truth.
They were able to receive the star of Bethlehem for what it truly was. 
A miracle.  

For the next three days be ALERT and AWARE.
See like the wisemen.
Hear the message like the wisemen.
Feel the call like the wisemen.  

Spontaneously respond.

SHARE, LOVE, and SERVE.

For example...

DAY #4   SEE that man sitting there with a sad look on his face?  
Go over to him and SHARE with him a happy thought.  
Leave him better than you found him.

DAY #5   HEAR the message beneath the words.  
Understand what lies beneath something someone says and respond to it.  
LOVE the person in the moment.  Love her right where she is and as she is.  
Offer to sit with her, in the moment, and just listen to her talk.  
Beneath her words lie the real message she wants you to hear and understand.

DAY #6    FEEL the burden of another and fill a need.  
Take canned food to a donation site, or drop off a meal unexpectedly 
to a neighbor.  Take that $20 bill in your pocketbook and give it to the a worthy cause.


The idea for the next three days is to be observant.
Be like the wise men and SEEK the opportunity to
SHARE, LOVE, and SERVE.  

Do so 

simply

and 

readily.  

Do something good just because it's Christmas.  
And because you want to see, hear, and feel CHRIST is in the Christmas your about to celebrate.  There's nothing sadder than to arrive at the 25th and not see the Christ child. 
To see Him.  Hear Him and feel Him on that day, you have to be looking for Him, all month long.

  See this blessed holiday called CHRIST-mas as it really is 
and as it is meant to be :)



Monday, December 15, 2014

Studio 5 -- Serving the Elderly

Aubrey Wright, 12, and her grandmother Karma, 92, who lives at 
Brighton House in Riverton, Utah. :))

Watch Studio 5 Segment

Want ideas for service projects? 

Community, church, youth, scouts, girlscouts, women, school clubs, families, individuals? 

Contact me at shareloveserve(at)gmail(dot)com


Below easy-to-do projects with elderly care center residents.  

Make a heart connection.  



Hate to sing?  Can't hold a tune?  
Change up your routine with an INSTANT PIPE BAND.






Draper - Assisted Living of Utah
Luxury home converted into assisted living center.  

   
Riverton - Brighton House 



SHARE   LOVE   SERVE  


Jodi :)

Saturday, December 13, 2014

So sorry - Internet has been down.

My Internet connection has had trouble so I've not been able to post. I'll catch up monday. :)

Thursday, December 4, 2014

DAY 2 - SHARE LOVE SERVE -- Let it go



13 Days to SHARE LOVE SERVE --  Positive, doable, always-within-reach-solutions, shared every couple of days, to help you hold onto the true meaning of Christmas. 

Carpooling moms everywhere cringe when they hear the ever-so-popular LET IT GO theme song.  Because it's played like a gazillion times!  

But long before Disney made let it go over-the-top popular those three little words rang true for people of faith.   

I first heard "let it go" many years ago while living in Dallas, Texas.  My husband and I had moved there shortly after I graduated college.  Everywhere we looked were let it go bumper stickers, license plates, and marquees.  Once I even saw the saying printed on a menu perhaps so so while you'd be deciding between chicken or steak you could ponder what was pulling you down and give it away to God.     

Recently, I challenged my college Institute students with an assignment.  They were asked to let go and go serve someone.  Receiving their responses this past week has been nothing but joyful.  

One student reported he'd given an extra fast offering at church, but first had to let go of concerns about not having enough money for food and rent.  He realized God would bless him for giving.    

Another student, who's a father of three children under the age of five, surprised his wife.  He didn't showed up at home earlier than usual and told her he'd the kids swimming and let her have an evening to herself.  "I realized how tiring even a few hours with our young ones can be," he remarked.  "My wife does so much for our family."    

One student bought an extra sandwich and gave it to a homeless man on the corner.  Another student dropped off a treat to a teenager at was working an 11 hour shift on Thanksgiving.   Another student spent an entire day helping plan and make food for her sister's little girl who was getting baptized.  

Mentions of raking leaves, baking pies, listening to a friend's troubles all gave me joyful goosebumps as I read the typed paragraphs summarizing the students' experiences.  

I did receive one apology for not "healing the sick or feeding the poor" from a gal who instead cleaned an entire two-story condo for her aging grandmother who'd had several surgeries.  The student explained her grandma had hosted Thanksgiving dinner but it was evident she was going to struggle cleaning after guests had gone home, so she vacuumed and cleaned without her grandma knowing what she was doing.  Later, when her grandfather went to vacuum the rooms relatives had been staying in he was surprised to see the work was already done.  

She said, "It was so nice to serve my family members like that," she wrote. "I felt like I had truly shown gratitude and love for them after all they had done for us."

My students reiterated over and over that good things happen when we let go and go serve.  

I remember a December several years ago when I was serving as a president of my women's church organization when I received a frantic call late at night requiring me to visit a fellow church member in the hospital.  Because my husband was out of town, I had to ask a neighbor's high-school-age daughter to come over and sleep at my house because the kids were in bed.  I remember telling the teen to look past the dirty dishes in my sink, hoping she'd understand it'd been one of those impossible-to-get-things-done days.  

Later, I returned home at midnight to see my kitchen sparkling.  The girl's mother had come over to check on things and stayed and had washed all my dishes.  That meant more to me than I could say and I realized that clean dishes were a welcome blessing for doing what the Lord had asked me to do.  

Christ's encounter with the adulterous woman teaches us how to let go.  Remember that Christ didn't lecture her.  He didn't parade her in front of the townspeople to make an example of her.  He merely counseled her to go and sin no more.  

But here is the key...He let her go.  

Think of a husband who after so many years still won't...

A child who after so many teaching moments still can't...

A coworker who doesn't...

A friend who couldn't...

Could you?  Would you?  

Let it go?  

Today, let's let go of something that's holding us back.  

Maybe it's a stereotype.   Maybe it's unmet expectations.  Maybe it's fear, jealousy, guilt, insecurity, vanity, blame, or complacency.   It could be anything.  

You decide what to let go of.    

Letting go and letting God tell you what to do next is freeing.  Whenever I remember to do this, I physically and emotionally feel so much lighter!  As a caution, though, if you decide to let go but someone else doesn't?  Stay free anyways.  

Let it go, and let it be.  Time and a little divine intervention will at some point bring it back around so you can reexamine a new path.  What's lost will be renewed.  

But if not?  Let it go anyways.  

God didn't intend for us to hold on so tight that we stay in one place for too long, because when we quit moving forward we stop changing.  And changing, growing, and learning is what keeps us letting go...so we can grab onto God...which is what he's waiting for us to do in the first place.  :)




Monday, December 1, 2014

DAY 1 of 13 - SHARE LOVE SERVE -- Be LOYAL to the True Meaning of Christmas


13 Days to SHARE LOVE SERVE --  Positive, doable, always-within-reach-solutions, shared every couple of days, to help you hold onto the true meaning of Christmas.  This year I'm not worried about losing the Christmas spirit half-way through December because I've got a plan.  This morning, in Jeffrey R. Holland's NEWEST book, To My Friend, I read this lovely quote:  "Christ reminds us that the crowning characteristic of love is always loyalty."  That sums up my plan rather nicely.  To keep the true meaning of Christmas present I plan to remain loyal to Jesus Christ this holiday season.  

But isn't that what we try to do every year?  

Yes.  But how successful are we at doing it?  

Looking back at a few of my past Decembers, I can see that losing the true meaning of Christmas began the moment I'd swallow that last bite of turkey on Thanksgiving.  Before I could stop it, Christmas busyness had blurred my focus. Did I buy enough wrapping paper and scotch tape?  Did the kids have an even numbers of gifts?  Would we be able to fit in enough service in between the recital, the ball games, and the band concert?  Those worries would ever so subtly creep into the corners of my mind and heart and ultimately rob me of the pure joy and peace, I so desperately wanted to remember.  

One year, I was determined to not let that happen.  So, I set out to be ├╝ber organized.  I mapped out Christmas--literally.  I even downloaded a kit!  Every day was broken down into bite-sized pieces.  Gifts, meals, grocery lists, and service projects all nicely laid out on the days of the week.  It was all good.   But, not good enough, because I still could feel the missing something, and therefore, I concluded that I needed much more than a well-organized plan.  

Since then I've learned a successful Christmas, centered on Christ, requires INTENT.  Defined as a resolve or commitment to stay focused, intent is what we all need.  And the Holland quote, mentioned above, perfectly captures my feelings about what that looks like and feels like.  It speaks to me by asking how do I love Jesus Christ?  And what will I do to remain loyal to Him throughout the Christmas season?  Really, all year long?   

How can we be loyal to the true meaning of Christmas when so many "good" things are heaped upon our plates, oozing with scrumptious and tantalizing smells and flavors?  

My plan?  It's a simple one, because my natural tendency is NOT to be simple.  Yes, I'm a little awkward that way.  I actually have to plan to BE simple.  I can really complicate things, if I'm not careful.  (Don't you dare tell my husband I've admitted that!)  

For me, keeping it simple has become three things:  SHARE, LOVE, and SERVE.  That's basically my mantra for life.  It sort of came into being about one year ago when I was asked what makes for a happy life and what came to mind was to share, love, and serve.  

Doing those three things is how I also stay loyal to Christ at Christmas.  Even while shopping, I'll choose to be loyal.  I'll keep my wants and needs balanced, so I can pick up a few extras of this and that to fill the needs and wants of others.  Back in October, I bought 20 men's scarves because they were dynamite quality and $2 bucks each?!  Seriously, when I stuffed them into my gift closet I had no idea what I'd use them for.  But, six weeks later, the need presented itself.  It turns out there are 16 men living at the transitional housing where my family will be serving dinner on a Sunday.  A scarf can't change their lives, but I sure hope as my family hands them out to these men in treatment that they'll feel the warmth and hope with which they'll be given.   

While I'm baking, decorating, cleaning, wrapping, event-going, homework-helping, carpooling, and volunteering I plan on sharing thoughts about Christ, right there on the spot.  Why I worship Him?  Why I am so grateful for His birth?  Why I feel confident in his mercy and grace?  How He never gives up on me, or anyone.  While icing the graham cracker gingerbread houses with teenagers, I'll be loyal to Christ and not hold back how blessed I am to know who Jesus Christ is.  Because some of those teens could use a little more love and the Savior has enough love to give everyone!  

Because we don't want to arrive at Dec. 25th and feel like we missed out on Him, let's remain LOYAL to the true meaning of Christmas.  

Day One:   My suggestions today is to SHARE your love for the Savior by sharing something you know to be true about who He is, what He taught, and what He did.  

With love and friendship, 

Jodi Robinson

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Friday, November 14, 2014

QUICK Christmas SERVICE -- Service in ONE Hour -- Christmas Candy Bomber and The Last Straw

SERVICE in 1 hour -- START TO FINISH

1)  Become a Christmas Candy Bomber  


  • Personally, I love the idea of tying a tissue parachute to a piece of candy, knocking on a door, and having a group of youth throw up in the air their pieces of candy to surprise little kids in your neighborhood!  So fun!  
  • Read the book Christmas from Heaven, to your family or group.  It's a true story about a World War II serviceman turned CANDY BOMBER.  
  • Spend 30 minutes tying tissue parachutes onto pieces of candy. DIRECTIONS for making parachutes are in the back of the book.  How easy is that?   
  • However many pieces of candy you finish in 30 minutes, put them in a basket and head out to spread some Christmas sweets!
2)  Share Random Acts of Kindness -- The Last Straw  


      
During the first 15 minutes
  • Take the first 15 minutes and tell this story.  Here's a brief summary:  In the McDonalad home, Mom remembers an old tradition of a building a soft bed for Baby Jesus--one straw at a time.  Each time someone secretly does something nice of another family member, he or she gets to add a single straw to the manger.  
  • Challenge the members of your group to think of single ACTS OF SERVICE/ACTS OF KINDNESS they can give to members of their own family.  Have each group member write down three kind acts they could do for each person.  
  • Handout to each person a baggie full of staw/hay.  Attach a tag to the bag that says, "Every act of kindness counts.  So, let's build a bed for Jesus ONE STRAW AT A TIME."  
  • Then, give your group a challenge to build a straw bed for Jesus before Christmas by doing kind deeds for their family members.  
  • Tell the group that they will report back the Sunday AFTER Christmas and tell about what they did for their family.  You can serve hot cocoa that day! :)) 
During the NEXT 45 MINUTES
  • Tell the group members you're going to do some SPONTANEOUS service.  Here are some quick ideas you can choose from, or you can create your own.  They may require a little upfront planning, but not much.  
  • At a local fast food drive thru.  Wendy's is perfect here in Riverton because they sell $.50 Frostys and $1.00 Frostys.  Go through the drive through and pay for as many Frostys as there are people in the car behind you.  SHHHH.  It's a surprise!  Explain to the cashier at the drive-up window what you're doing.  Pay and then drive away.  Wave out the window as you do! :))
  • At your local grocery store for $5.00 buy a small bouquet of flowers.  You can DIY a few tissue paper flowers, or use fake flowers if you make it ahead of time.   Have some of the group members simply walk up to someone (maybe even a cashier) and give the flowers away.  Make someone's day!  A cashier would LOVE this!  You could do it for someone at your local library.  Someone at the gas station.  You get the idea.   
  • Flowers could also be brought to a local hospital and dropped off at the front desk.  Ask the person to deliver them to someone in the hospital who needs some Christmas JOY!  
  • Another idea would be to deliver red and green helium balloons tied with ribbon and a note that said, "GOD knows who you are and He loves you."  You could bring them to an individual  nursing home as well.
  • Another idea would be to find out ahead of time what your BISHOP'S WIFE likes to snack on and drop a little care package off to her.  Simple is good.  Mabye she likes to chew gum.  So, you could deliver a few packages of her favorite flavor of gum tied with a ribbon to her, just to be nice.  The tag could say, "We CHEWS to show our gratitude to you for supporting your husband in his calling to serve as our Bishop.  We love you!"  Accompany the gift with a thank you card signed by the group.  Whatever the treat your Bishop's wife enjoys she'll appreciate the kind gesture.  
Look what you can accomplish in only ONE HOUR.  

Just make sure you emphasize that each kind act we perform is one more piece of straw used to build a soft bed for the Christ child.  

Remember to give the group members their own bag of straw to take home to remind them to do acts of kindness for their own family members.  

Enjoy!  


Friday, November 7, 2014

KSL Studio 5 -- Planning and Preparing to Serve at the Soup Kitchens






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Two winners will be drawn Saturday at 10 p.m.




Dish up some holiday service at a local soup kitchen with these easy preparation tips.  

You'll want to email the volunteer coordinator or activity director.  These are common titles that most non-profits use.  You’ll find contact info on the organization’s website. Familiarize yourself with the basics, like the days and times meals are served and address what you’d like to do in your email.  I spoke with a few DIRECTORS at some of our local SOUP KITCHENS and they all say the BEST WAY to contact them is through EMAIL.  And here’s why?  Email allows for the Coordinators to answer you when it’s most convenient for them and allows them to include necessary information.  And provide links to release forms that you might need to fill out.  Be mindful that non-profits are not exactly like a big corporation with someone available immediately to answer questions on the phone.  Email is a great way to get a plan in place. 

Don’t be surprised if the Coordinator asks you to come in and volunteer AFTER the New Year.  Stacey Gallegos at St. Anne’s in Layton encourages people to sign up year round and avoid the holiday rush.  She says everyone has it in their minds that the holidays are the time to help out but she says:  “Food and shelter is needed 365 days a year.  Every human being deserves a warm bed, food to eat, and a hot shower, so think about us not just at Christmas time but in February and middle of the summer, too.” 


Downtown Salt Lake -- The Road Home – SHELTER DINNER – GROUP SERVICE

Email Volunteer Coordinator Kelli Parker at kparker@theroadhome.org

Perfect for large groups and extended family.    

Needs pre-made meals, along with paper products, at one of their 4 shelters.  This is service on a bigger scale.  You’re feeding 75 to 450 people, depending which shelter you choose.  Children 5 and up are welcome to participate. 

Volunteer Coordinator, Kelli Parker says the SHELTER DINNER, during the holidays, is by far their most rewarding service project, because you’re able to interact with the people there, face to face.  And that’s really what service should be about in its purest sense.  Right?      

IDEA:  EXTENDED family could pool their gift money.
IDEA:  YOUR BUSINESS could forgo the work party and organize a


Salt Lake –St. Vincent de Paul Dining Hall

http://www.ccsutah.org/programs/basic-needs-services

Lunch. From 11:30a.m.–1:00p.m. Monday through Friday and on Saturdays from 10:00a.m.-11:00a.m.  They usually host a Christmas dinner, and more information will be posted on their website in the coming weeks.


Layton—St. Anne’s Center (largest homeless shelter in Northern Utah)

http://www.stannescenter.org/services.html

 They offer what’s called a Family Dinner 7 days week.  Bring a pre-made meal and paper products.  And share a meal with a family or two.  Bring a craft for the kids.  Maybe a coloring page?  What a great experience to sit down and have dinner with a family.  Stacey Gallegos, at St. Anne’s, shared with me what a homeless man once told her.  He said:  


“We’re human beings, so don’t just look away when you see us.  Just SMILE at us.  Your smile makes me want to live one more day.”  


IDEA:  That gave me an idea:  Bring smiley face stickers!  And let your kids put one on every person’s hand they see!  Kids would love this! 

IDEA:  Another idea would be to:  bring a MASON JAR filled with questions on pieces of paper.  Easy questions like:  What’s your favorite color?  Where would you like to someday visit?  What color would you paint Santa’s sleigh?  That way you can start an easy conversation with your kids and the other families. 


Foundation for Family Life – Riverton

www.foundationforfamilylife.org

Email Jodi Robinson at shareloveserve@gmail.com

This is a wonderful opportunity for families in the south valley area.  If you're interested in having your family bring a pre-made meal and paper products into a home and to share the meal and provide an activity, contact me, Jodi Robinson, at shareloveserve@gmail.com  There are two homes geared to helping individuals get back on their feet.  My family will be doing this and we and can't wait to share and serve. :))  I'll share more details with you via email.  Your family can share a Family Home Evening or activity.  It’s so worth your time!  Available 7 days a week.  



Provo – Food and Care Coalition

Email volunteer coordinator TrevaVC@foodandcare.org


Monday-Friday, they serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  Weekends is lunch and dinner.  So, there’s always opportunities to schedule meal preparation and even clean up duties (I’m thinking SCOUTS!).  You can DONATE SACK LUNCHES (great for moms with young children).  Donate CASSEROLES.  

IDEA:  Get together with some girlfriends and make a bunch of meals to bring over.  So much more meaningful than going out and getting pedicures, right?  



Enjoy! 

Find some time to share, love, and serve!  

Monday, October 6, 2014

My Heart Grew Bigger -- Mitchell's Journey Documentary

I've hesitated whether to post this.  Some things are best left among family.  But, my church's General Conference this past weekend was packed full of inspirational and motivational talks.  I can say the experience has left me feeling a bit braver.  

So, without panicking anyone, whether you’re a friend or loved one who didn't get a call from my mom or the" Italian calling tree,” let me just say, I'm fine.  And, for anyone who may be critical and think this is about attention, well, you need to get a heart.  Which just happens to be what this post is about. 

I spent Saturday evening in the ER.  At 5:30 p.m., I was sitting at my desk at home, listening on the Internet to a talk I'd missed earlier in the day.  Without warning, chest pains toppled me forward.  "I'm too young to have a heart attack."  I thought.  But never having had one, when the back of my left arm went numb, all the way down to my left pinky, going to the hospital was inevitable. 

Five and half hours with doctors and nurses, and four blood draws and enzyme tests later, thankfully I was in the clear.  It turns out panic attacks can mimic heart attacks, and genetically, it turns out my adorable, feisty Italian mother, who loves more deeply than any person I know on the planet, has blessed me her panic genes.  I get my almond shaped, brown eyes from her, which is a plus.  But I’ve also learned I get a few of those other genes.  The ones that keep a person humble and reliant on God.  Okay, so I’ll live.  And like she did, in her 40's, I’ll get to learn to manage some of these challenges so they don’t impede my daily life. 

Well, this story ISN’T about my mimic-ed heart attacks or panic attacks.  It's about what happened yesterday.  Sunday after watching the first session of conference, I watched a beautiful documentary called Mitchell's Journey.


It’s about a father who blogged about his son's terminal illness and honestly and openly shared how it was playing out in the lives of his family.  Obviously, I watched with a heart that still beat.  While Mitchell’s did not.  He had passed away in 2013. 

Sitting on my brown, oatmeal textured sectional, I could feel my heart.  I could hear it.  Thump.  Thump.  I cried as the stories of faith, influence, and hope shared messages from complete strangers who'd been touched by Mitchell’s story.  The connections Mitchell and his family had created through words in cyberspace were uncanny!  People from all over the country had written letters to Mitchell.  They had sent emails.  Made phone calls and visits.  The video showed how Mitchell’s Journey saved a marriage, made family more of a priority, and engaged one self-proclaimed introvert to get out and live his life.  Because of this little boy’s kind, selfless, happy, and contented heart, and a loving father with the gift of words willing to write about it, tens of thousands have been inspired to be better and live better. 

After watching the story, I questioned if I was living half-heartedly?  Like those people had been. 
My “little” scare with my heart, and I say “little” because honestly I felt so humbled at 10:30 p.m. when a man doubled over in a wheelchair was rushed past my room.  He was having a “real” heart attack.    Not that mine was fake, and doctors said anytime you feel heart pain you should never dismiss it.  They told me of a mother recently who was only 39 who ignored her chest pain and she went to sleep and never woke up.  The care team at Riverton Hospital made me feel right about my decision to be checked out.  And they helped me understand a clear picture that chemically my body went into panic and made my heart sick.  I didn’t feel panicked.  Really I didn’t.  I didn’t know the state my heart was in.  I was just watching a nice man give a nice talk and eating a few Oreos and milk.  (Eight, okay!  I’ll admit I had eight.)    

Which leads me to another lesson I learned. 

The REAL state of our heart isn’t always apparent to us.  The only way we know its true condition is by our ACTIONS.  What we DO with our heart.  Do we actively SHARE our hearts with EVERYONE?  Do we LOVE?  Unconditionally?  Or half-heartedly?  Do we SERVE with our heart by doing good to others?  That’s they only way we can really measure the state of our heart. 
Mitchell’s story didn’t document the state of his life, it documented the state of his heart, which apparently is still beating in heaven, because all the people who’ve been touched by his story are still reeling in the glory. 

The power of words.  That's why I can write this post with good conscience.  Our personal stories are our history.  And Family History was another message from conference.  My experience is what it is.  And although it was insignificant in comparison to the arduous, difficult, painful, and heart-wrenching experience of Mitchell and his family, it joined my heart to theirs. 

I thank my Heavenly Father, for today.  We're pretty sure I have a healthy heart.  A stress test in a week or so should confirm that.  But, I get do the laundry.  Yippee!  (not really, but I’m making a point).  And I get to do carpool.  Yippee!  I get to hug my husband and kids, feed my dog and cat, and tell my parents how much I appreciate them helping me while Christian was gone.  And do a few other good deeds because . . . my heart continues to beat.  It grew a little bigger, yesterday, thanks to a little boy and his father, whose hearts, through their story, reached out and touched mine.     


God Bless Mitchell and Family -- Because of you my heart grew a little bigger.  

https://www.facebook.com/mitchellsjourney
Jodi Marie Robinson, www.shareloveserve.com  Riverton, Utah

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Studio 5 -- Donate School Supplies


Call me a little nerdy, but I love back to school!  

A new backpack, pencils, and notebooks, not to mention a new school outfit.  

Would you believe I remember what I wore on the first day of school from 1st to 6th 

grade?  I'm not kidding.  In the 4th grade, I wore a three piece green linen suit with a 

yellow blouse. I remember having to have it but MOM?  What were YOU thinking?  :) )


Here are some quick ideas to help you 

SHARE, LOVE, and SERVE, 

while heading back to school.


1.  BUY MORE THAN YOU NEED—

The .50 cent pencil boxes.  


These spiral notebooks for .17.  



The markers for $.77.  



Buy more than you need and donate them to a school or charitable organization.  



For less than $5 you can fill a pack with crayons, pencils, notebooks, a pencil box, 



markers, and even some cute smiley face stickers. 



IDEA:  FOR A FAMILY SERVICE PROJECT -- A fun idea to get kids involved is to 

decorate a shoe box with scrapbook paper and washi tape and fill it with school supplies 

to donate.  I had a group of girls come over from my neighborhood and we had a blast! 

We kept it really simple.  We then filled them with supplies.  So easy.  Inexpensive.  And 

fun!  This is perfect for young kids because then they feel like they are part of the giving. 

  
2.  DONATE DIRECTLY TO A SCHOOL

Think of the schools in and around where you live.  

It’s as easy as walking into the front office and dropping off backpack full of supplies.  

I spoke with several teachers.  One teacher at a Title One elementary school has taught 


for 30 years.  She said she “appreciates when extra school supplies 



are brought into the classroom because there is always a 



need.”   Her idea is to donate multiples of something. 

Like 30 glue sticks.  Or 30 notebooks.  

So, if you want to make your donation simple, buy several of one thing!  

How wonderful it would be for a teacher to have 30 new boxes of crayons.  

And at 25 cents a pop, that's easy to do!

One teacher in Cedar City remarked, 


"You can bet that there will be a few children at every         
school who come that first day who don’t have a backpack,  
or a school, bag, or pencil box." 


Your donation will be put to good use! 

schools everywhere are a great place to make a difference.  Here's the list of Title 1 

Schools in Utah.  And here are FOUR charitable organizations who could use help:

1.  St. Anne’s Center in Ogden  (801-621-5036)
2.  The Road Home in Salt Lake
3.  Catholic Community Services (locations, including the St. Vincent de   Paul Dining Hall, 437 W 200 South, Salt Lake City or the Joyce Hansen Hall Food Bank, 2504 F Ave., Ogden).
4.  United Way – 2955 Harrison Blvd., Suite 201, Ogden.  STUFF THE BUS DAY OF CARING…on September 11th.  Fill a book bag with school supplies to be donated to one of 19 schools within Salt Lake, Tooele, Davis and Summit Counties. The goal was for 5,000 bags, but this year, the Tribune reports that it’s distributing 8,500 because of the additional schools with which United Way is partnering. 
     The need is for:  pencils, pens, markers, highlighters, 16-count crayons, glue sticks, erasers, spiral notebooks and pocket folders. Drop-off locations include Discovery Gateway children’s museum, 444 W. 100 South, Sept. 2 to Sept. 5 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.; Sheraton Hotel, 150 W. 500 S. Salt Lake City, through Aug. 31, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and United Way of Salt Lake, 257 E. 200 South, Suite 300, Salt Lake City, through Aug. 31, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Hope you enjoy these ideas.  Happy back to school!

With love and friendship,

Jodi 

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