Back to School Shopping at Duane Reade #DuaneReade #cbias

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Shopping at our local #DuaneReade #cbias
My baby boy is five.  He just turned five about a week ago and it's almost time to start our real "school" sessions at home.  For those of you don't know yet, I will be homeschooling my son this year, mainly because of his severe multiple food allergies.  I'm nervous and excited about this new stage in our life.  With back to school talk, and sales happening everywhere, we thought a great time for a trip to Duane Reade for school supplies.  This past weekend we learned about Operation Backpack, learned that we could donate school supplies to children and leave it in a drop box conveniently located at Duane Reade stores throughout New York City.  It was a great opportunity to get prepared ourselves and help someone else at the same time.
 

Great section for our back to school needs...
We got the essentials we needed to start our school year right and purchased some to donate as well.  Unfortunately our local Duane Reade didn't have an Operation Backpack drop box but my son and I plan to make another trip just to drop off a backpack for a child.  He was excited about giving supplies to another child, and asked if we were going to meet them - when I told him "no" he asked if he could draw a picture and write a letter for the child.  I think it seems like a sweet idea, and might think of including that in our donation backpack with school supplies.  Another plus, I think if there's writing, drawing, creativity, and learning involved..it could be considered homeschooling too!
Our little cart before it filled up to the top...
We ended up getting allot more than planned with our trip to Duane Reade, but then again that is a common thing.  Although there was no drop off box, we were excited to find that our local #DuaneReade was getting renovated, some changes were already made and some still happening.  We purchased construction paper, paint, markers, pencils, composition notebook, eraser, a binder, a whole puncher, and some more paper for drawing on.  I think I got all that we needed for his grade level.  We will be visiting another Duane Reade store to purchase a backpack to place some of the extra supplies we purchased to donate. 
Drop off locations...
Visit www.voa-gny.org/Get-Involved/Operation-Backpack to learn more about Operation Backpack, and find out where your nearest drop off box is.  I suggest calling the location ahead of time to make sure.  Another option is to find your nearest Duane Reade online or using their app and give them a call to ask as well.  I love shopping at Duane Reade, I can always count on them for having so much that we need, it's a convenient one stop shop where I can get so much.  Personally I may not be completely ready, and may never be as homeschooling is something completely new to me but I'm glad I got our back to school supplies at Duane Reade.  Also learned of a great opportunity to give back as well.  So grateful for these opportunities to give back, all these organizations make giving back convenient and fun.  Have you done your back to school shopping yet?