So we did this yesterday. Luca, Ziggy and I headed into Officeworks armed with a $50 giftcard and proceeded to fill our basket with back to school goodies.
When Officeworks emailed me, I had already ordered all of Luca's school supplies directly through his school. I really didn't need anything. But when they mentioned that I could shop specifically for the Back To School Appeal which Officeworks runs for The Smith Family, I thought that sounded like an ace idea! Donations to the appeal are distributed to disadvantaged families by The Smith Family so that every child might begin their school year with everything they need.
I explained to the kids what we were doing and they were excited, too. Of course, when we got in there, the boys were completely seduced by stationary because stationary is very seductive. I had to remind them once or twice that we were not there to buy stuff for ourselves. I had to remind myself that I didn't need a gorgeous notebook with a hot pink flamingo on the front or more pretty stuff for my desk. No, Angie. Just no.
At first, I was collecting rulers and sharpeners, cheap pens and erasers, thinking that more was better. But then I thought about the kids who would receive these items. I considered what they might want as they headed off to school. As a kid, I loved fresh school supplies at the beginning of each year and I had the freedom to choose the pinkest backpack, the coolest pencil case and quality coloured pencils instead of the el cheapo brands whose colours are never as bright and pigmented.
A kid whose parents can't afford to provide them with the basic school equipment is no doubt used to having the cheapest options of whatever they do get. I wanted our donations to be better than that. I chose things that would normally be out of reach, special things that they could feel proud to take to school. Things that every kid deserves.
It was awesome.
And it was busy! Melbourne was shopping for school supplies yesterday. Seriously. But you don't have to fight the crowds. Officeworks have two options that can save you time and hassle.
- School List Service allows you to search for your school online and access a list of required school supplies to be purchased. You can then have the order delivered or pick up instore.
- Drop your list off instore where staff will pack your order for free and then notify you when it's is ready to be picked up.
Also, don't forget the Parent Price Promise:
If you are heading into Officeworks (there are 152 stores to choose from), consider popping something extra in your basket for the Back To School Appeal. Small or large, everything donated is helping make a difference for disadvantaged kids.
Win a $50 Giftcard
Yep, I have one $50 giftcard for one super-awesome reader to spend at Officeworks. And the only thing better than stationary shopping at Officeworks is stationary shopping at Officeworks on someone else's dime.
To enter, simply tell me in the comments below how many Officeworks stores there are in Australia. Hint: the answer is in this post. 🙂
Conditions of entry:
- Entrants must leave a comment below (not on Facebook) and be contactable via email. One entry per person. Open to Australian residents only.
- Entries close: Friday 31 January 2014 at noon.
- This is a game of chance. Winners will be chosen by random.org, notified by email and announced on this blog post.
- The prize will be posted by the Promoter.
- Prizes are not redeemable for cash.
- Prizes are not transferable.
Promoter: The Little Mumma, PO Box 159, Montmorency, Victoria, 3094
Best of luck!
The lucky winner is Mary Preston. I have emailed you, Mary. 🙂
Thank you to everyone who entered!