Last night I texted Bella, Michelle, and Jaclyn in our group chat to try and plan a meeting for today after our orientation for online economics, as we all have a full schedule with our IB classes and can’t fit it in next year. We texted for over an hour to try and figure out the best time-frame and for everyone to be able to make it, but Michelle is taking the second session for summer school so she could not make it today, and is leaving tomorrow for vacation so today would be the only day. So, after orientation, Bella, Jaclyn, and I met at the Starbucks by Mission Viejo High School.
At the meeting, I shared everything that I was planning, and we talked about different businesses we can contact, solidified our fundraising plans, and set some goals. Based on the hope box checklist, we talked about Papermate for school supplies, Nature’s Valley, Kind Bars, and Cliff Bars for food, Kirkland for clothing, food and boxes, ToysRus, Crayola and fisher-price for toys, Bananaboat, Nuetrogena, and Kirkalnd for sunscreen, RightAid, Bandaid, Johnson and Johnson, and Aveeno for first aid items, Gerber for baby food, Purell for hand sanitizer, Always and Kotex for women hygiene products,and Fruitloom and Hanes for underwear. We are planning on contacting all of these businesses and more that we research and add to the google doc I created to ask for donations for the specific items they specialize in, or donations to the gofundme account that I will create. We also want to hold a fundraiser at restaurants and businesses to raise money, so we started brainstorming ideas, Jamba Juice and Chipotle, and we plan on starting to at for 15% of the proceeds for one Saturday, as there will be a lot of business, and as Bella pointed out, it’s better to aim higher and then work down than start at a low amount or an amount too high that they say no automatically.
At the meeting, I also talked more about how we could incorporate One World Play soccer balls into our goals. We set a goal of 250 hope boxes to send, with a high goal of $10,000 for the gofundme, following the motto to aim high. Operation Refugee Child specified in an earlier email I sent that they need money for shipping the backpacks to Greece, and we would use any leftovers to buy more supplies. I am slightly worried about the high goal, but I hope we can make it! When we started talking about the backpacks and cards, I suddenly thought of the idea to have a day for kids to make cards, or have El Toro students sign if we are able to have the drive in the first week of school (if it fits in the time frame for the warehouse dates). I had been thinking about the warehouse dates and setting our deadline for the next warehouse packing day Operation Refugee Child hosts previously, but I talked about it with Bella and Jaclyn and they agreed, so I decided I would email Operation Refugee Child to get a time frame for their next warehouse dates and to ask about possible languages for cards to send. We would like to set a deadline before the next warehouse date so that we could then pack the boxes, buy any extra supplies needed, and then I could drive everything to the warehouse and help volunteer to pack the hope boxes into backpacks. After I hear back from Operation Refugee Child about the warehouse dates, I am going to email the El Toro PSTO if it fits in the timeline to see if we could handout flyers at registration and hold the fundraiser during the first week of school. I am also going to share the google document I created with out mission statement and drafts for the emails so that we can all work on finding business contact information and then I will email all of the businesses.
This meeting definitely helped because we were finally able to get together in person, and not just text in the group chat, and I could talk to them about all of the ideas I had been brainstorming. I am excited to get working and create the social media accounts and start emailing to get the project going.