School Supplies for Youth on Reservations 2019

$200 of $850 goal

Raised by 2 people in 2 months
Created May 29, 2019
Polished Arrow
Want to join me in making a difference? I'm raising money to benefit youth on the reservations. This is our annual drive for school supplies. We are collecting/buying now. We will be packaging them through mid to late June. The distribution of backpacks filled with school supplies will begin with the Pine Ridge Reservation at a youth rally on Wounded Knee School District grounds led by First Youth Nations at the end of July (Last weekend).  We hope to be able to fill 300 backpacks this year for Pine Ridge and other reservations as we have the resources to provide. 

Early this year, we got a great deal on backpacks. We purchased them at under $1 each. We have all that we need at this time.

We have received other donations in-kind and presently have the following needs with the estimated best price we could find. Unless it says free or no shipping, shipping costs have not been included:

181 3 ring pencil pouches (best price I found is .88 ea.) (free shipping)

30 packs of 24-colors crayons (best price I found is .63 ea.)

3132 pre-sharpened #2 pencils with erasers (or 261 packs of 12 pre-sharpened) (best price I found is .78 per 12 pack)

180 glue sticks (appx 7 g) (best price is .23 ea.)

400 pink (pearl) erasers (best price is .17 ea.)

1110 blue ink ballpoint pens (best price is .04 ea. No shipping)

840 red ink ballpoint pens (.14 ea.) free shipping

270 pencil sharpeners With cap or lid so no spills (.10 ea. No shipping)

724 highlighters (at least 3 diff. colors) (.36 ea) no shipping

All wide ruled notebook paper received

All college ruled notebook paper received

All spiral bound 1 subject wide ruled received

370 wide ruled composition notebook (.78 ea)

540 1" binder hard cover for 8.5x11 paper (1.29 ea)

We will again place a Sacred Road book in each of the backpacks this year at an additional cost of $600. If you can help us reach our goals please make a donation here. If you would like to make an in-kind donation, you can mail it to Polished Arrow, PO Box 1868, Monrovia, CA 91017.

We will update our progress here with both cash and in-kind donations. Thank you for your consideration, and if you cannot make a donation at this time, please pray that God would provide for us. We pray His continued love and provision for all those who are reading this at this time. Blessings!
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Completed 100 backpacks for grades 6 - 8. Inching our way to the deadline for pine ridge. Only 170 to go. If you can help us with a donation of $30 or more, we will send you either a selection of 4 CDs of Native worship music by Broken Walls, Cheryl Bear, Michael Jacobs, RainSong, and more; or we will send you several books by Native authors such as Casey Church, Randy, Woodley, Black Buffalo and more; or we will send you jewelry made by one or more of our artists (Manzo's, Brightcloud, etc). We have a donor covering the postage. And we have a matching donor for all donations made in July. Please consider helping us raise an additional $850 so we can meet our goal of 300 backpacks for the youth on reservations. Email us to specify CDs, Books, or Jewelry in the memo or note field. If nothing is specified, we will choose. Blessings!
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We've completed 30 backpacks for the 3rd through 5th graders. Can't fit them all in one picture, but this one shows the different backpack colors, and we pulled out the contents of one to see what is going in them. The higher grades will have more items when we get to them.
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Thought we found a great deal on 3-ring pencil pouches. They were approx. half the cost at the 99c store. I ordered all we needed and saw that there was excess zipper on the ends of the pouches. They curled the excess back in, which prevented the zipper from closing. Although I don't think anything would have fallen out, the end of the zipper was rough and the process of curling them back in on some of them caused the teeth to bend upward, making a potential for a finger prick. We decided to send them back. We need $100 in the next few days to get the pouches we need at the 99c store and stay on schedule to the delivery date. Can you help us with this this week? Blessings!
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Thanks to the sale at Office Depot and some current donations, we were able to make more purchases. We were able to purchase most of the glue sticks we needed (up to the limit Office Depot allowed). We only need 180 more of them. We purchased 30 of the compositions notebooks at about $.50 each WHAT? We got all 60 spiral bound notebooks needed at $.25 each WHAAAT? We got all of the 158 college ruled fill paper and the 94 wide-ruled at $.49 each You've Got to Be Kidding Me! Thank you Office Depot for a great start to our annual drive. I would encourage everyone who plans to donate to take a look at this sale and get as much as you can while the sale is on - there are limits to quantities that individuals can buy. Can't beat those prices, though. Wow! Praise God!
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$200 of $850 goal

Raised by 2 people in 2 months
Created May 29, 2019
Polished Arrow
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