Last month Gaiam staffers contributed 40 fully-packed backpacks to the Crayons to Calculators school supply drive, which aims to provide 5,000 backpacks to children in need to start their school year off right.
Our staff’s huge outpouring of support for the Crayons to Calculators program is clear in this mountain of donated backpacks … The girls from Gaiam’s HR team paused for a photo before prepping the packs for volunteers to fill at our Boulder, Colo., headquarters.
Not only did our employees donate cash, backpacks and school supplies, but also had the opportunity to take paid time off to volunteer for the event — stuffing backpacks with rulers, pencils, pens, calculators, scissors and other helpful school supplies, and delivering them to local schools in the Denver/Boulder area near our headquarters.
Andrea Mather and others in Gaiam’s subscription club team volunteered together and stuffed 180 backpacks for middle-school kids. Andrea and her husband have also bought backpacks and supplies for other Gaiam school supply drives. “The cost of school supplies adds up quickly. We enjoy shopping for them and knowing we’re helping out a family who needs help.”
Lila Turner in our Gaiam.com team helped double-check that the packs were filled with all the correct items, then delivered them to schools. “I thought of my own son starting fifth grade this year and how important the choice of a backpack and school supplies is to him,” she says.
Lila says she’s reminded of volunteering for Crayons to Calculators every time she picks up or drops off her son at school. “I see the packs slung over the kids’ shoulders, knowing they were all packed with supplies but more importantly — love.”