SAN DIEGO, Calif. Primary children of the San Diego California North Stake reached their goal of assembling more than 450 school bags during a service project on May 14. The bags, which will be donated to those in need, contained bound paper notebooks, regular pencils, colored pencils, pencil sharpeners and scissors.
Children as young as 2 took bags and then traveled "trick or treat" style to the different stations to fill them with the needed items. Cards and bookmarks were available for the youngsters to decorate and place in the bags with messages such as: "With Love from San Diego." The activity also included stuffing fabric toy balls.
The months-long project involved members of the stake donating supplies. The children did chores to earn money to buy items. Sisters in the stake, including young women, sewed the canvas school bags from donated material.
At the activity, Meisje Gilbert, 4, said, "I liked being able to do something to help other kids."