THE DOODLE NOODLE KIDS’ SHELTER PROGRAM

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 SCHOOL DOODLE

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

THE CLOTHES DOODLE

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.

Thank you for joining Doodle Noodle in this effort to support homeless children and their families. 

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MOMMY, I WANT THAT!!!!

Now, we’ve really gone too far. Discussing Christmas and kids in June? I can’t understand why The Today Show, in discussing spoiled children in a survey of 6,000 moms, concentrated so much on Christmas gifts, but they did, on both the main part of the show and on the Kathy Lee and Hoda segment.

I don’t have to do a survey to know that today’s kids are spoiled. Just look around you, Toddlers run around restaurants or stand in the booth facing you banging on it. They wear Diane von Furstenberg outfits that cost as much as a poorer child’s clothes budget for the season.

I had my first manicure when I got engaged. Okay, I should factor in that I bit my nails. Up till know, I usually still didn’t have nails. Manicures were for special occasions, or mani-pedis were gifts from my slightly spoiled daughter. Now, when I’m at a nail or hair place, I see eight year olds get mani-pedis and blow outs.

When I was ten, even as the words were forming on my lips, my mom would be saying, “Thank you, Mrs. ________.” Please was a word my mother used at all times, and it became a natural part of my vocabulary.

Today, I still can’t leave the house without making my bed, because my mom did so every day until she was 80, and even then, if she just didn’t pull the bed spread all the way up, everything was neat.

As an educator of 30 years, I can tell you that young children are sponges and mimics. They want to do what we do. When was the last time you said please and thank you, mommy and daddy?