It’s time for Operation Backpack back-to-school shopping with Duane Reade

Disclosure: This post is a sponsored post for which I received monetary compensation. In some cases, compensation may have been used to purchase the item so that I may give a personal account of my experience.

Our family happily jumped at the chance to donate school supplies to children unable to buy their own supplies! We participated in a sponsored post for Collective Bias®. We made a donation of glue sticks, crayons, and erasers!

Kids enjoying donating school supplies to Operation Backpack

School supply shopping

Going back to school shopping in July and August isn’t all that out of the ordinary for our family. School supply shopping for our family is completed in June, before the kids are out of school for the summer. However, when back-to-school sales start up, we’re big on shopping for kids who aren’t always able to buy their own supplies.

Operation Backpack Donate Box

Donating school supplies

Although we get school supplies back in June, there’s always a couple of things we forget, or wait to buy. A few weeks ago we scored a Tinker Bell backpack for Little Miss, and a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle lunch bag for The Boy. Awesome. Just to make sure, before we headed out to DuaneReade to do our Operation Backpack donation, I double checked to make sure I was wasn’t missing anything from each back to school list.

It’s the first year BOTH kids have real, honest-to-goodness school supply lists.

School Supplies Lists

What School Supplies do you have

Getting organized before back to school shopping

All supplies were sorted, and once done, we took stock of supplies. What the heck was missing? Plastic folders for both kids, fine point dry erase markers (only black, ARGH) for both kids, and twistable colored pencils for the boy! WHAT? Mr. Sunflower missed a few important supplies! Now it was up to me to hunt for their final items, as well as donation items.

Back2School Supplies

Summer’s over

As many parents do each summer vacation, I forced the kids to read. However, it wasn’t without rewards! Each kid filled out summer reading lists for a few different places:

  • local public library
  • our local movie theatre
  • TD Bank

Each list garnered free goodies, as well as little perks like a library party, a free movie, and best of all, MONEY!

TD Bank Summer Reading List

As you can imagine, the first stop we made was the bank to submit their reading list, as well as use the coin machine to deposit their coins. After smiles of delight from using the machine, we headed to one of our favorite stores on Long Island, Duane Reade! Any store that has a program like Operation Backpack giving back to our community, is a favorite in my book!

Duane Reade Operation BackPack

Duane Read’s Operation Backpack

Waiting to go into Duane Reade

See the phony smile? Yeah, she’s all kinds of annoyed she has to wait for her mom to get all her social media responsibilities done for our shopping trip. Once released, though, she bee-lined to the school supplies aisle.

Duane Reade Store

We found our plastic folders for the kids.

Plastic Folders for back to school

Unfortunately, we couldn’t find much more than that from their lists. It’s all good, we’ll go back closer to September. No worries, we know Duane Reade won’t fail us! Luckily, we did find some goodies for donations! We bought glue sticks, crayons, and erasers (latex free, of course.)

Basket of School Supplies

Once we purchased everything, we hustled over to the box displayed in the store. Each of the kids placed the donations in the box. Or, in The Boy’s case, THREW the items in the box……which made me cringe, but nothing was super breakable. Let’s hope all 24 crayons are still in tact.

BTS-DuaneReade Donation

We done good, kids! And hey, Duane Reade, we’ll be back to shop another day for our missing items……and more goodies! Of course, I’ll make sure to use my Balance Rewards card, too. I saved $15.10 on this trip thanks to my Balance Rewards. Saving more money translates into donating more glue sticks! How does one not love giving back to kids?!!!!

Duane Reade purchases

*Disclosure: I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias and their client.


By | 2017-09-20T09:06:38-04:00 August 2, 2013|Shopping In-store & Online|2 Comments

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  1. Terri August 18, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    I always love back to school shopping with the kids and all the better when you can make it a rewarding experience by donating to students in need! Easy to see how much fun your two have in getting ready for the season. Thanks so much for sharing your finds!

    • November Sunflower August 18, 2013 at 7:57 pm

      The kids love giving back!!! It’s one of their favorite things. Sometimes, they give TOO MUCH!

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