Spring Break for the students at the University of South Florida was last week. During this time, most students are taking a break from the everyday stresses that make up a college students life. However, I was not going to take a break from my work. I needed to increase the donations to our drive. Just because USF is on Spring Break doesn’t mean that the world stops. Over the past week, I have been able to secure donations from Papa John’s, who will be donating pizzas to us so we can increase donations of school supplies. I also managed to reach out to my former school, Pine Crest, about donations. The Boca Raton campus is looking into donating their leftover school supplies at the end of the year to us.
Over my Spring Break, I learned some valuable lessons. Even though I was on Spring Break, the rest of the world does not stop. I also learned if I keep asking for help, someone will eventually say yes. I had two different people offer to help because I persevered and asked over my Spring Break. “Never put off tomorrow what you can do today,” a famous quote that dates back to Thomas Jefferson. These are words to live by. If I had not asked for help, I would not have received the donations from either of these organizations.
Papa John’s was excited to donate 20+ pizzas to us here at USF in order to help raise school supplies in our drive at the USF Bull Market on March 30th, 2011. The pizza will create a wonderful incentive for students who have used or unused school supplies that they would be willing to donate. If a student makes a donation, he will receive free pizza. Students will also have the ability to donate money in order for us to purchase more school supplies. These students will also receive free pizza! Papa John’s has given us the opportunity to rapidly increase our supply drive. We owe a huge thanks to the Papa John’s organization!
Pine Crest Preparatory school typically has tons of leftover school supplies at the end of the year. Some of these supplies include pencils, pens, paper, binders, notebooks, markers, crayons, erasers and more. All of these supplies will be given to the needy children of Afghanistan. I like to think of it as a gift from one school to another. This will not only make a difference in the life of one child, but will make a difference in the lives of many children. The children attending these schools in Afghanistan, who cannot afford the school supplies, are grateful for anything and everything they can get their hands on.
Help us by donating used or new school supplies for the children in Afghanistan. Feel free to stop by the USF Bull Market on March 30th, 2011. If you make a donation, you will receive free pizza! For more information regarding school supplies that are accepted, please click here!