Guess what: my students brought in one actual box and enough stuff to fill nearly two. Since I had one box mostly filled already, we finished that one, filled a second, and began a third. About twenty-five students brought in pen pal letters, too.
And, AND, I went to UPS straight after school and shipped them.
I just called and left a message to let my contact person know that two boxes are on their way. .
I feel so much better about this. Plus, a bunch of kids were like, "uh...can I bring it on Monday?" So there should be easily one more box ready by the end of Monday, maybe even two. Hurrah again!