A few weeks ago I shared that I was participating in the Energizer Light Up a Life campaign as part of the Champions for Kids Simple Service Project. Today I would like to show you the kit my family and I put together and tell you about the organization we donated it to.
After researching several organizations in our area we decided to donate our kit to Valley Crisis Center. We chose this non profit organization because they work with all of the homeless children from the main shelter as well as battered women. Valley Crisis Center began as a 24-hour crisis hotline and has since grown into a full service organization that helps domestic violence victims and their children. I also found out that they host a weekly meeting with all of the children to teach them about safety, nutrition, abuse, and arts and crafts.
For our kit we gathered some personal care items such as soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and floss.
The safety items we included were Wet Ones wipes, band-aids, a mini first aid kit, sanitizer, an Energizer flashlight and batteries. My daughter picked the flashlight out at Walmart. When we donated the bags, the first thing my daughter said was that there was a pretty princess flashlight in there. She was so excited! This was the first time I fully explained to my toddler the importance of giving. She understood the concept pretty well and keeps asking when we can go back to visit her “friend.” One of my goals as a parent is to teach my children to give back to those in need. My son has been going with us to donate for years and I’m happy to now share these experiences with my daughter as well.
We also made sure to include coloring books, crayons, gloves, and water. These sesame street bags were cute and fun to hold all the supplies in. The lady that helped us said that the children often only have the clothes they’re wearing, so coloring books and toys makes them really happy. Hearing this really puts things into perspective. It makes me appreciate everything we have been blessed with and encourages me to give back even more.
My goal is to start collecting art and safety supplies to donate several times a year. Even if it means picking up one coloring book every time I go to the store. I want to start compiling large kits that will hopefully help out all of the children in need in my community. I know the need is great and I can only do so much but little by little this is a goal I will accomplish. Just like the Mother Theresa quote I mentioned last time “If you can’t feed a hundred people, then just feed one.” I will forever hold this quote in my heart, because I know that I can help one child out at a time.
This was a wonderful campaign to be a part of. It was a simple way to help out a child in my community. I am now one of the 20 million people Champions for Kids is seeking to mobilize by 2020. I encourage you to make a kit for a child in your community as well. Even if it’s a small kit, please know that this will make a difference in a child’s life. Think of the impact we can make if we do this together. If you make a kit please report it to the Champions for Kids Simple Service Project.