Imagine. Imagine a 6 year old getting ready for first grade. Some of his clothes are in a plastic bag, some in his mom’s suitcase stuffed with all their belongings. Maybe his underpants are sharing room with pencils, broken crayons and cookie crumbs in his backpack. He is homeless and living in a shelter.
Gail Paris, an award winning educator and founder of Doodle Noodle, LLC, designed The School Doodle and The Clothes Doodle to help children live more organized lives and parents have less stress. Although her products will benefit all children and families, they are of critical importance to homeless children.
Retired as an Assistant Principal from the New York City School System, she chose to spend her career working in schools where children did not have the financial or educational benefits of kids in more affluent neighborhoods. She understands what children need.
The School Doodle consists of two panels designed to fit into any standard backpack or to be used independently as a “desk.” It is an organizer which features pockets designed to hold standard school supplies, such as rulers, pencils and other school needs. The Messenger part, with one pocket marked “To School” and the other “To Home,” has enough room to hold a notebook, library book or tablet. Notes from the teacher will get to parents and notes and permission slips from parents will get to school. The School Doodle is the perfect organizational product for elementary school age children. The retail price for the School Doodle set is $19.95.
The Clothes Doodle has pockets labeled for each day of the week and will hold an entire day’s clothing securely. . It consists of 2 organizers which can be hung by their handles on hangars or hooks. It relieves stress in the morning as kids get their own clothes, or mom easily gets them for younger kids
Unlike “shelf” organizers, it saves precious closet rod space, and, because of its closed pocket design, clothes won’t fall out. There is even a “Sleep Noodle” pocket containing a tote bag to keep a toothbrush and other necessities for a sleep over or short trip. The retail price for the Clothes Doodle is $29.95.
Unfortunately, for homeless children, every night is a “sleep over.” For them, The Clothes Doodle can be folded and placed in whatever space the shelter provides. The School Doodle has a place for everything they need, whether they are doing homework on a bed or on the floor.
The bright and cheerful colors are bound to bring a smile to their faces. The fact that they can manage their school stuff and their clothing will give them a sense of independence and responsibility. They are going to “own” their attractive well made organizers literally and figuratively.
We are starting The Doodle Noodle Shelter Kids’ Program to bring these unique products to children who need them most but whose parents can’t afford to buy them. You can purchase one or more School Doodles and Clothes Doodles on our website (www.doodlenoodlestuff.com) and indicate that you want them to be donated to deserving children in a family shelters in New York City by typing in SHELTER when you check out. We will tell the shelter that you gave them this gift, and a letter indicating that they have received it will be sent to you for tax purposes. You can click the link to “OUR STORE” at the bottom of this post to go right to the Doodle Noodle Shop, and don’t forget to click the Vote For Us link to help us get back into the top 10 at Top Mommy Blogs.
We know that all children can learn. Some need a little extra help because their families cannot provide the things they need to be like other kids to learn skills and have a sense of self worth. We are offering a 10% discount for each donation, plus we will include a new children’s book with each School Doodle and Clothes Doodle. Just type SHELTER in the discount section of your order, and we’ll take it from there.