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Life Out of the Box is all about giving people inspiration & the tools needed to pursue their dreams and passions. As most of you know, for every Life Out of the Box product we sell, we give a child in need school supplies & actually show the customer who he/she gave to through the purchase.
Connecting our supporters to the children they gave to is a crucial part of what we do, so creating a profile for each child that we give school supplies to allows us to do just that. For us, giving these kids school supplies goes much deeper than just the supplies–we actually talk to each child and ask them some very important questions to get them thinking about their future. Sometimes it can be difficult for us to ask the children questions because of the language barrier, but we always give it our best shot.
Many of you might not know what goes into each give back trip, so we want to give you all the inside look into how we give children around the world Life Out of the Box school supplies.
1. We talk to the organization to find out what supplies are most needed amongst the children they work with.
This typically includes notebooks, pencils, art supplies and other commonly used items in the classroom. It’s amazing how far a notebook and pencil goes in an area where the average person lives on two dollars a day. For even more perspective on this, check out our article The Value of a Notebook.
2. We also talk to the kids in the school/organization & ask them a few very important questions:
What is your name?
How old are you?
What is your favorite subject in school?
What do you want to be when you grow up?
We ask them these questions to not only get to know each one better, but to also get them thinking about their own dreams and passions. It can sometimes take them a while to think about their answers because for many of them, this is the first time they have ever been asked about their passions. Regardless, we believe that these questions are very important to ask children because it gives them hope that whatever they can imagine, they can achieve.
3. We give them the school supplies.
When we give them the school supplies, we tell them that they can use these tools for anything they want in school, at home or at their after-school program. We emphasize that the school supplies is THEIRS and therefore they can do anything with them. We’ve seen kids use them right away either for homework or to draw in. Each time we see this, it brings us both enormous joy.
4. We take a photo of them with their supplies & create a profile for them on our website.
This is how we are able to bring the connection of our supporters to the kids we give to in full circle. We put together a profile of each child that includes their answers to our questions, along with photos of them with their school supplies and then assign them to a number. We then send the customer this profile so that they can see who their bracelet gave school supplies to & feel the impact they helped make.
5. Si se puede–Yes you can.
We tell all of the kids we work with that they can do anything in this world. For some, it’s the first time they’ve every been told this and that’s one of the biggest reasons why it’s so important to tell them.
We wanted to create a social venture that is as transparent as possible and allows people to connect with the children we work with. We believe that every bit helps: whether it’s asking a child what he/she wants to be, encouraging others that they can do anything in this world or giving children the tools to be able to do all of those things.
On this themed week of “Giving”, get out there and do something nice for someone that makes them smile. We are able to give to kids around the world because of the support that our customers give us and we couldn’t be more thankful. So thank you to all of you for helping make this world a little bit better and for helping us make our own dreams come true.
Quinn & Jonathon
To purchase your own LOOTB bracelet, check out our store.
To see the children we’ve given to so far, check out LOOTB Gives.
To see our giving in action, check out the video below of us giving to the kids at the Barrio Planta Project (BPP) in San Juan Del Sur