Paying it forward with Elmer’s #BagitForward

Pay it forward.  My mom may not have used that phrase when she was alive, but she sure did teach us to live that way.  Pay it forward.  Do something nice for someone, help someone, do a good deed- for no other reason than to do it.  Watch what happens- it’s pretty neat.  Its contagious. Yesterday, I got the chance to “Bag it Forward” thanks to Elmer’s.

Since we’re all set for school supplies for the kids, and I got a generous gift card from GoodNites earlier this week for a post, I decided that we should have some fun and really Bag it Forward- we were able to FILL 2 backpacks for 2 kids- and get a good start on a third backpack (which was also sent by GoodNites) for a preschool aged child.  Originally I wanted to bring the big kids with me to choose but quickly realized this might make for some akward moments if she was to see one of the backpacks later on at school. I wouldn’t want to make anyone feel uncomfortable so I decided I’d just go with Baby B while the big kids were at camp.

You can click here to see my “This Moment” story for the shop, or view below- suffice to say it was a blast to go through and buy some fun supplies for unsuspecting kids who might not otherwise have things. 

What IS Bag it Forward?  

As students head back to school this fall, many will head out to shop for brand new, shiny school supplies. But some will not have the resources they need to be successful. That’s where you and Elmer’s come in. This year, let’s join together and Bag It Forward, by picking up an extra bag of school supplies and donating it locally in your community.

This summer, Elmer’s is teaming up with bloggers across the country to kickoff the Bag it Forward movement. These bloggers are gathering school supply bags for families, organizations and teachers, and encouraging others to join in. In addition, Elmer’s is donating one product for every “Like” on the Elmer’s Facebook page to the Kids In Need foundation, and an additional item for every view the video on the Kids In Need tab receives.

You – and ANYONE– can also participate by purchasing school items for kids in need & donating them.  Upload a photo of your Bag it Forward purchases to share on the site- and be sure to tell me if you do, I’d love to see.  THIS is a great time to maximize your money- with the huge savings on school supplies right now, grabbing an extra supply or 2 at a steal will make a huge difference to someone else and teach your kids about doing for others and paying things forward-er, bagging things forward. 
Elmer’s donating items to the Kids in Need Foundation:From July 25 through Sept. 1, for each “like” on the Elmer’s Facebook page, the company will donate a product to the Foundation’s national network of free stores, where teachers from disadvantaged schools can “shop” for free for school supplies. Products to be donated include a variety of glues, foam board, project supplies and pencil sharpeners. If you already like the page, we’ll make a contribution on your behalf, but you can donate again by watching a video on the Elmer’s Kids In Need Facebook tab and sharing it with your friends and family.

Elmer’s is a Upromise partner and that every time you purchase an Elmer’s or Krazy Glue product with your registered drug or grocery card, a percentage of your purchase will be put into your Upromise account. More information can be found here –

Things we purchased:
Backpacks:  one boy color one girl color

Colored pencils, markers, crayons, pink erasers, pencils, scissors

multi pack tissues, toothpaste, toothbrushes (2 packs) and hand sanitizer that can clip to back pack

Elmer’s Disappearing Purple Glue Sticks

Elmer’s Supply Box (cannot locate on their website for some reason, but we have several of these here at home, and use them for smaller toys, hair accessories, crayons, pencils, erasers, markers, colored pencils, and so much more…)

Vinly 2 pocket folders

1 subject notebooks


“This project has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Elmer’s #BagItForward #collectivebias” and all opinions are my own.”

About the author: I’m a 30-something mom to three, brand ambassador. content creator, social media maven, blogger extraordinaire, earth lover, butcher, baker, candlestick maker (or something along those lines) – love word games, crafting, cake decorating or shooting pictures.

8 comments… add one
  • These bags look GREAT! What a terrific job! You are lucky you could find cute bags b/c when I went, Walmart did NOT have a good backpack selection. 🙂 Looks like you had fun AND were able to bless some kids’ lives this fall! YOU ROCK!

  • Wow, you got a LOT of great things! I’m sure the lucky kids are going to be so happy!

  • Wow you were able to purchase a ton of stuff!! How fun!! What a fabulous program!

  • That’s awesome. I love this program!

  • Some lucky little girl is going to love that backpack!

  • I love that froggy backpack. So adorable!

  • This is so awesome! thanks for sharing!


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