Holly Jolly Help for Small School

$1,240 of $1,600 goal

Raised by 24 people in 1 month
This tiny community school of only 175 students could use a spirit boost for the holidays.

Some of this close-knit community have seen 4 wars... Many of the community speak English only as a second language. What we all have in common as that we're all involved with this amazing school... and it's in the lowest income part of Plymouth. 

While the school receives ample help and programs to help fund things like free breakfast and lunch for all kids, free meals during the summer for families who might not get one otherwise, food drives every single week set up by the school nurse, a library program that allows every child to go home with a free book to keep and a game to borrow as well as a snack and activities, these kids deserve as much as we can give them for the holidays. 

I work very closely with this elementary school as a parent to help my special needs child have the best possible education, and I run all the book fairs there--which has shown me what absolutely remarkable, open-hearted, open-minded, promising kids this school is lucky to have. 

For Christmas I want to give them each something special. 

I'm a consultant for a gift bag company--I want to fill 175 beautiful little totes for them that they'll love to use over and over (my kids certainly do) with:

Something to Love
Something they Need
Something for Fun
Something to Read

I hope to personally sell enough bags themselves to cover all 175 children.  

This fund is specifically for the materials I want to fill them with. Specifically a stuffed animal to love, hats and gloves that they need, a craft project and some crayons and coloring pages for fun, and a book to read.

Someone has been kind enough to offer to make hats for all the kids--yarn may be an issue. 

I do believe I have enough funds through the book fair available that I can purchase a book for every child. (a percentage of what is sold goes straight to the school for books, and this is a perfect opportunity.)

The crafts I've picked out range from 50 cents to $1.50 a piece. I'll choose which one depending on how much is raised. 

The crayons are cute stackable crayons, totally $105. 

The stuffed animals are bulk and really cute. They'll be $207.00. And like with the crafts, if I can do better, I will, depending on the amount I raise. 

Additionally, if I raise more than the minimum I need, I'll either fill them with nice coloring books rather than coloring pages, or a second craft. I'm certainly open to suggestions as well! 

Thank you all for reading this, and for caring about this little school! For some of these kids, it may be the gift they always remember. I want to be a part of that, I want you all to be a part of it. Thanks again, and let me know what questions I can answer for you.
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I cannot believe we doubled the original goal to fill these bags for the kids! This was more than I could have hoped for and an incredible kindness on the parts of so many of you. THANK YOU for this help. Thank you for thinking of these kids and keeping them in your hearts.

I'll be closing the campaign tomorrow at the end of the day as I made a mistake in putting the school name on there. I NEVER expected the campaign to explode like it did, never thought it would collect much of anything, and thought telling the school story a little might add some validity to it, give you some peace of mind as donors, but next time? I should check with the superintendent, hmmm?

I'LL BE CLEAR that this fund was NOT part of a school-initiated fundraiser, it was entirely personal and continues to be, just a way to give. Thank you all so much for your generosity! And I'll post pictures of the final products with an update! Happy holidays, wonderful people!
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I am beyond floored by the response this donation page has received. Overwhelmed by what it can do for these children. I didn't quite think it possible, honestly to even do the $600. To just get the versatile, good quality totes is daunting enough, and not panning out as well as the donation page. So we adjust, and we Plan B, and we try new things, and create new ideas! I feel more full at heart about this project than ever now, more excited than nervous. I'd planned to buy gloves for all the kids for something they need, but somehow people started making hats! Beautiful, made with love hats, and yarn is being shipped and shared and the buy-in is stunning. So let's keep going! Let's raise more and not stop doing this remarkable thing together! I can't thank you all enough.


Warmly,
Julie Hutchings
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