When I was in elementary and middle school, there were few good things about the end of summer and its evil twin, the beginning of a new school year. It always meant early mornings, no more lazy summer days spent at the pool, and the bane of every student’s existence, homework. Since my small Catholic school required that its students wear uniforms, I didn’t even have back-to-school clothes shopping to look forward to. Rather, my annual back-to-school shopping meant I would go with my mom to buy new pencil boxes, binders and–if I was lucky–a new book bag. While the end of summer still signified the end of freedom in my young mind, the ritual of buying these mundane items every August made going back to school seem a bit more appealing.

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Unfortunately, the thirty children at Dayspring cannot enjoy this small luxury the same way I did when I was a child. Instead of going with their parents to purchase these crucial items, they count on donations to ensure they’ll be able to obtain the proper supplies for every new school year. If the money isn’t there, they won’t be able to get the things they desperately need in order to thrive in the classroom. Every little bit can make a difference and donations of any amount are greatly appreciated.

We all have certain things in our lives that we take for granted until we are reminded that not everyone is as fortunate as us. In retrospect, my enthusiasm for buying school supplies that I probably didn’t need seems frivolous when I consider the needs of the children at Dayspring; surely I could have re-used the pencil boxes from years prior rather than buying new ones each year. I cannot go back in time and tell my nine-year-old self that she is lucky to have two parents who provide and care for her; none of us can. Moving forward, the best we can do is help those who don’t have the same opportunities as us in the hopes that they’ll overcome their challenges.

Written By: Danielle Moccia, USA
Volunteer at Dayspring