Tuesday, April 22, 2014

School Supplies for the Students of Tacloban

Please welcome guest blogger Julie Hess.  Mother to seven, Primary Pres, RM and 2012 Mother of the Year Nominee.  Her Daughter is serving in the Philippines Olongapo Mission.

Missionary Mommas!

Are you looking for a service opportunity? Well, do I have one for you! I hope you'll find a way to join in. I have recently started shipping packages for families of missionaries serving in the Philippines and have thus become connected with Sister Tracy Maurer. Tracy and her husband will be serving as President and wife over the Tacloban Mission come July. Tacloban is where the typhoon hit so hard this past November. Can you imagine walking into this mission that is working so hard to rebuild after something like this?

As part of their preparations to serve, the Maurers have been collecting school supplies for a school in the Dagami area (about 1/2 hour south of Tacloban City). The goal is to have 200 to 300 packs of school supplies shipped over to Tacloban before they leave in June. They are asking for assistance in meeting this goal.This will require us to work rather quickly as school in the Philippines starts in June. Our first deadline, so as to expedite these materials, will be May 1st. If needed, a second deadline will be added.

There are a few ways to participate in this. We are looking for the following school supplies:

• 300 erasers (Pink Pearl type)

• 300+ glue sticks

• 1500 spiral or composition notebooks (80 pages)

• 300 crayons (12 ct.)

• 300 rulers

• 300 pencil sharpeners

• 900 pencils

• 300 red ballpoint pens

• 300 blue ballpoint pens

• 300 black ballpoint pens

• 300 children’s scissors

• 300 medium backpacks (we have found these for $10 and are accepting donations so we can purchase them)

If you'd like to get involved, please contact Julie Hess (https://www.facebook.com/mommaofthemadhouse) or join our Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Taclobansupplies/.

I'm sure this experience will bring great blessings to the children of Tacloban as well as us and our missionaries.

Thank you in advance for your help!


  1. When do you need these items? I have to pay rent 1st, then I will see what I have in my budget after that. What a super idea!

  2. What a great idea! I'll see what I can do...and my husband (a teacher) sponsors a service club at his high school -- this may be something his club could get involved with, too.

  3. A fantastic idea! I love all the humanitarian projects that I keep hearing about!

  4. How long do things take to get to the Phillipines? How soon should I have stuff together?

  5. My daughter belonged to a youth group that works on service projects like this. I will get them involved. Great idea!

  6. My daughter belonged to a youth group that works on service projects like this. I will get them involved. Great idea!

  7. I love this! how much do they normally cost?

  8. The necklaces are really cute! I really could use a North Carolina one!!!

  9. I love the necklaces. I would like a Illinois one.

  10. I love that you have brought this service project to the forefront!