Friday, August 19, 2016
So many kids go back to school with no backpack and no supplies. There are so many ministries and companies now that try to help with this desperate need. My kids have been blessed with some of these ministries in the past. I am very happy to post about opportunities like these!
National Backpack Program – 16th Anniversary
For children to succeed in school, they need to have the right tools: pencils, pens, crayons and such – and something to carry them in, of course. With these in hand, they can walk out the door each morning with a sense of pride – excited about the day ahead.
Unfortunately, millions of kids are far from properly equipped for school. In fact, untold numbers of youngsters head out in the morning with nothing but a plastic bag or a pillowcase to carry their books and school supplies in – if they even have any supplies to carry.
The Office Depot Foundation has worked exceptionally hard to change this troubling reality. By donating great-looking new sack packs containing essential school supplies to deserving children, we are giving them invaluable tools they can use to succeed in the classroom.
In 2016, the Office Depot Foundation is marking the 16th Year of its award-winning National Backpack Program by donating approximately 200,000 colorful, kid-friendly sack packs to kids. By the end of the year, Office Depot and the Office D2016_ODF_Sackpack-v-3 - compressedepot Foundation will have helped more than 4 million children since the inception of the National Backpack Program in 2001.
The sack packs we donate are designed with kids in mind – they come in seven different color combinations with kid-friendly graphics. You will not find the Office Depot Foundation’s logo anywhere on the sack packs – except for a removable paper tag. We want to be sure that children are proud to carry the sack packs they receive, with no risk of being stigmatized by something that clearly identifies it as an act of charity.
An important key to the success of the National Backpack Program is our collaboration with highly regarded nonprofit partners who help us connect the dots with thousands of children in all 50 states as well as internationally. Click here to learn about our 2016 national partner organizations.
Inside the sacks there is a small pencil case with a couple pencils, a small hand sharpener, a pk of 4 crayons and a mini ruler.
Every little bit helps! Thank you Office Depot for helping these communities!
To see some of the pics from their Backpack programs, click on these links and scroll down. Look at the happy faces of the kids and their parents!
West Palm Beach
More information about the National Backpack Program can be found on the Office Depot Foundation’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/officedepotfoundation. To learn more about the Office Depot Foundation and its initiatives, go to www.officedepotfoundation.org/. You can follow the Foundation on Twitter @OfficeDepotFndn; the National Backpack Program’s hashtag is #ODFcares. The Foundation is also on Instagram: @officedepotfoundation.
I was sent a couple of the sacks as a thank you for posting this information about their mission
As Christian parents, we have a huge responsibility. God has entrusted us with these tiny humans. We are to love, care for and lead them to Him. That is not a light job!
With our busy schedules, between sports, church functions, school and work that doesn't leave much time for spending time in the Bible. It is such a very important part of the day. This book gives such a cute story and makes sure that you can get that in before bed. Littler children don't have the attention span to sit still for long. These are perfect!
The pictures are sort of neat and very colorful!
Tommy Nelson has provided so many different instruments in helping us. This company has many devotionals, Bible Stories, Bibles and Board books for kids. You should spend some time searching through all their site has to offer.
Check out all their other great books at
You can purchase this book for $10.64
•1 pound very ripe bananas (peeled, vacuum sealed, and frozen)
•1 cup fat-free ricotta cheese
•2 tablespoons orange juice
•1 teaspoon orange zest
•¼ teaspoon nutmeg, ground
•1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1.Remove bananas from freezer and let sit for 5 minutes (until they begin to defrost around the edges).
2.Place ricotta cheese in a food processor and pulse.
3.Chop the bananas and add to the food processor along with all remaining ingredients.
4.Puree until smooth and creamy.
5.Scoop mixture into a plastic bowl and cover with food-grade plastic wrap, making sure the plastic wrap touches the top of the mixture. Place in the freezer for 15 to 20 minutes.
Citrus Fennel Mango Salad by Executive Chef, Anthony Stewart, at Pritikin Longevity Center + Spa
•2 Bulbs fennel julienne
•1 Grapefruit (supreme)
•2 Oranges (Supreme)
•3 Mangoes (peeled & julienne)
•¼ Bu Cilantro chopped
•1 t chopped garlic
•1 Red onion julienne
•1 Red pepper julienne
•1 Green pepper julienne
•1 carrot julienne
•1 # Lettuce (chopped)
•1 T Low sodium stone ground mustard
•¼ C Rice wine vinegar
•2 T Apple juice concentrate
1.Combine all Vegetables in a bowl
2.In a separate bowl combine all ingredients for dressing and mix well
3.Add dressing to vegetables and let stand for 15 minutes
4.Serve on a bed of chopped lettuce
Chilled Tomato, Watermelon, and Basil Soup created by Executive Chef, Anthony Stewart at Pritikin Longevity Center + Spa
•1 cup canned low-sodium plum tomatoes
•¼ cup low-sodium tomato puree
•1 cup chopped watermelon (seedless)
•½ teaspoon chopped garlic
•¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
•½ teaspoon orange zest *
•1 tablespoon basil, chiffonade (cut into thin strips)
•Garnish: Four sprigs of fresh basil
1.Using a grater or microplane, shave off the peel of an orange to make ½ teaspoon of shavings
2.The shavings are your zest, which add strong, wonderfully citrus flavor to foods
3.Use only the colored part of the peel, not the bitter white pith beneath
1.Combine all ingredients in a blender. Blend well.
2.Chill. Before serving, garnish each bowl with a sprig of fresh basil.
Nutrition Information (per serving):
35 calories, 0g fat, 0g saturated fat, 0mg cholesterol, 1g protein, 2g fiber, 15mg sodium.