As most of you know, I usually only write about Philly sports but what I am about to write about is more important than any sports team that I devote so much of my time losing my mind over, this is about the kids.
Earlier this year, my friend Hillary Linardopoulos, (@MrsL132 on twitter), a 3rd grade teacher at Julia de Burgos Elementary School tweeted about how some of the kids in her class were coming to school, in the middle of winter, with no coats. When I read this, it really upset me. No child should ever go without a warm coat in the winter. I asked Hillary if I could buy a few coats for these children and she totally went crazy on twitter. lol The more I thought about it, I decided I was going to enlist the help from my friends who still played for the Eagles or played for them at one time. My friends, Darryl Tapp and Quintin Mikell stepped up and donated coats for this cause. I also had another friend, Don Durkin who took the time to go out a buy some coats also for these children. I will always be grateful to you guys for your help. Ok anyway, back to the reason for this post.
Hillary recently wrote an opinion piece talking about budget cuts and how her classroom doesn’t have enough books, paper and other school supplies This got me to thinking again. I cannot do anything about books in the classroom but I can make it easier for her and the children in her class by donating school supplies. I text her today and told her what I wanted to do and once again, she was very excited.
This is where all of you come in. I will be collecting backpacks, paper, folders, notebooks, pencils and whatever other kind of supplies these children will need to help get them through the year. A lot of these children come from very poor homes so being able to help anyway possible would be greatly appreciated. I will be collecting supplies up until the end of August. I’m not too good at planning things so I didn’t figure out how I’m going to get the items from people who want to donate but I’ll figure it out like I did before. lol
Let me just say this to you before I go. When I saw the pictures of these smiling little boys and girls wearing their new winter coats, that was the best feeling ever. So yea, help out or I’ll be forced to, ok I won’t bully you guys today.