Last year, myself and a few readers had a conversation around using School of Mum to do something that made a difference. It was in October and I had wanted to get involved in Operation Christmas Child but it was too late.
I made a note in my diary for September 1st this year, and here we are.
I don’t know about you – but my kids receive SO SO much for Christmas. My culture and upbringing was never centred on gift giving at Christmas time. It was all about the food and family. I feel lucky and thankful that my children can receive so much, but I’m also acutely aware of wanting to give that appreciation into my children. I want them to give when they can and understand that it is their duty to love, be compassionate and give to those who need it when they can.
This year I’ve decided on a collaborative School of Mum effort to do just that and I would LOVE your help.
With me, you can pack a shoebox full of goodies – a ‘wow’ toy, some school supplies, a nice piece of clothing, then if you choose, you can buy a tracking label for $9 which will follow your box and show you where it goes and who it gets delivered to! It’s a beautiful way for kids to get involved – decorating their boxes, picking items and tracking the country which it goes to and the less fortunate who will receive it.
I’m going to be calling on ME and my kids, YOU and every PR contact I know and brands I’ve worked with to help me out. My aim is to get as many boxes as possible to hand deliver to the drop off point in Mitcham, Victoria. If you can get them to me in Ballarat, I will deliver them all in one go towards the end of October, before the cut off time.
How many boxes do you think we can get going? I’ll be ordering some boxes which you can pick up from me, or you can just use any shoebox. I know it all sounds a little complicated but we will iron out the details. I think we can do this!
You can read about it in more detail here. If we get some interest we may even have a shoebox packing morning together with our kids! Let’s start the conversation now. Are you interested?