DaySpring and Champion for Kids to donate more than 100,000 folders to students
July 7, 2015 Sadie Robertson, star of A&E’s “Duck Dynasty” and ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” visited two area Walmart stores on Tuesday, July 7th to highlight her new line of school supplies from DaySpring Cards and to kick off Champions or Kids’ latest SIMPLE Service project.
Fans stood in line early to have photo and autograph opportunities with Sadie. Robertson is well known for her engaging smile and dimples, but there is more to the 17-year old charmer than that. Sadie is a high school athlete and motivational speaker. She spends her summers on mission trips as well as working at a Christian youth camp spreading her message to peers about being confident in who you are and learning to “live original.”
Sadie also embodies the creative and entrepreneurial spirit of the Robertson family and has carried her philosophy into multiple business ventures. She collaborated with Sherri Hill on her own “daddy approved” prom dress line, Live Original and even walked in Hill’s show for New York Fashion Week in 2013.
Sadie’s new book, Live Original: How the Duck Commander Teen Keeps it Real and Stays True to Her Values is now available at retailers nationwide. It is no wonder people stand in line to see this inspirational beauty.
Robertson who has authored the book, “Live Original” says, “When DaySpring came to us and asked if they could put some of what I wrote in my book on school supplies and folders that would be seen by millions of kids, I got excited.” If that wasn’t exciting enough, Champions for Kids stepped in, “Now Champions for Kids is helping get extra folders to families who maybe can’t afford all their school supplies, so that just makes it even better,” said Robertson.
“We’re thrilled to help Champions for Kids, and to partner with Sadie to distribute positive messages to as many kids as possible,” added Jim Hauskey, DaySpring’s vice president of strategic marketing. “DaySpring is about giving people just the right ways to express their faith. These school supplies at Walmart give kids practical tools for school that also help them share and inspire.”
Check out the back-to-school section at each Walmart location for Robertson’s new line of academic composition books, spirals, and folders. Her positive, faith-driven messages on the school supplies have trendy colors, plus fun polka dots, stripes, and hearts and include scripture verses on the outside and inside covers. These designs are to inspire teens and tweens to “Live Original.” The line is available nationwide in 1,900 Walmart stores.
During store visits, Robertson will also announce DaySpring’s donation of more than 100,000 high-quality academic folders for schools and youth-based organizations throughout the country to distributed at the beginning of school in August. In fact, DaySpring and Champions for Kids will be sending out full pallets of folders to school districts in 10 different states.
SIMPLE Service, is a Champions for Kids program that mobilizes local communities to gather and donate resources for children in need. Since 2004, Champions for Kids has served more than 5.6 million children across all 50 states through in-store donation campaigns, service projects and community events.
“This generous donation from DaySpring means that many thousands of children will become more prepared to begin their school year,” said Adelaide Schaeffer, president and CEO of Champion for Kids. “We hope it will inspire others to volunteer and give in their own communities so that kids everywhere can have the resources they need to thrive.”
The donation of school supplies is part of DaySpring’s longstanding commitment to community involvement and cause-related giving. Over the past 25 years, DaySpring has donated millions of greeting cards to American Rehabilitation Ministries for their prison ministry. The company has also developed card lines where portions of sales go to causes, including Compassion International.
It’s great to see teens like Sadie Robertson use their influence to partner with DaySpring and the nonprofit group Champions for Kids to inspire other teens and tweens to give to those less fortunate.
Operation First Day of School will take place on Saturday, August 8, from 10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This event will provide school supplies for students who qualify for free and reduced lunch. Supplies will be given out at the Waxahachie Ninth Grade Academy, located at 275 Indian Drive in Waxahachie. If you are interested in helping with the event, please contact Candace Ahlfinger or Jenny Bridges at 972-923-4631. Supplies may be brought to the WISD Administration Building or to Walmart. Volunteer forms are available at http://www.wisd.org Financial donations may be brought to the WISD Administration Building or mailed to 411 N. Gibson St., Waxahachie, TX 75165.
by Tabatha Moran Chovanetz