Back to School

Ah, the heat of August can only mean one thing: back to school is right around the corner.

While you’re enjoying your last days of freedom (or the opposite, as your case may be), we’re asking you to give a hand to some folks who view back to school as a financial challenge.

Kakao is partnering with the St. Louis Office for Developmental Disability Resources, a publicly funded agency that supports community-based services for developmentally disabled people who want to stay in their homes and community. These agencies provide a variety of services ranging from life and job skills coaching to learning how to get along with others.

I had a moving experience when I overheard one of the DDR workers counseling someone in a restaurant. The counselor was struggling to overcome a number of distractions, but managed to keep her client focused on the tasks at hand in an amazing way. I was so impressed I followed up to see how I can help.

How Kakao and our customers can help, that is.

Kakao is collecting school supplies for families of the developmentally disabled in the city. We need everything, from crayons to notebooks to pens and pencils and backpacks. We’ve got a trunk in the lobby and we’re hoping to fill it up.

So, if you bring in four new school supplies this week (by Saturday, August 14), we’ll give you a four-pack of our sea salt caramels. Four for four, yes?

We’re open Tuesday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (You’ll find us at the markets, too, but the free caramels are only at the shop.)

Thank you for your support.

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