This past weekend, I did my shopping at Walmart for the Champions For Kids Energizer Simple Service project. As I mentioned in my last post, I was shopping for Crisis Nursery, so wanted to get items not only for the two emergency children’s kits, but also items from their wish list for the center. I had so much fun shopping for the emergency kits-I wanted items in the kits to be practical, but also have some special “fun” kid-friendly items….I wound up making two kits-one tailored for a boy, and one for a girl. You can view my Google + shopping experience here.
Because Crisis Nursery specializes in assisting homeless children, as well as foster care children, I wanted the emergency kits to be light-weight and ready to carry, wherever and whenever the children need to go. The kits could be used in an emergency situation, such as a natural disaster, but we also packed the kits with items that a child could use if they are going to a shelter or a new foster family for the first time. My son had fun helping me pack the emergency kits.
I remember the first night I was a foster child….I was excited to have a new family, but was terrified of the dark. I am sure many small children in a new place are. I wanted the things I packed in the kits to give the children a sense of comfort: a Disney-themed flashlight and extra batteries, a new toothbrush and toothpaste, markers and paper pad, and some snacks. The following are the items I put in each emergency kit:
- Reusable Tote
- 6 pack of Purified Water
- A first-aid kit
- A tub of Wet Ones Hand Sanitizer wipes
- A tube of Banana Boat Children’s 50 SPF Sunscreen
- 2 Bottles of Bubbles
- An Energizer Disney Princess or Cars Flashlight
- Extra Energizer AA Batteries
- A New kids toothbrush and Kids Colgate Toothpaste
- A pack of Crayola Washable Markers and a marker pad
- A box of Goldfish Crackers
- 3 Individual Size Jif Peanut Butters
- A Disney Princess Activity Set or Cars Card Game
The Crisis Nursery has many things listed on their wish list, which I did not want to ignore, so we also made a basket of items from that list. The following are the items I included in the wish list basket:
- 1 small laundry basket
- A three-pack of paper towels
- A package of individual size Wet Ones Hand Sanitizer wipes
- A Men’s Disposable Razor
- Children’s Hair ties
- Kid Friendly Body Wash
- Kid Friendly Shampoo
- Adult Shampoo
- A 16 pack of Lever Bar Soap
- Playtex Tampons
- Packages of Bubbles
- A large tube of Eucerin Moisturizer (this was on their desperately needed list!)
- A new hair brush and comb
Lastly, before I made my trip to Crisis Nursery, my son gathered the small hotel-size toiletries we collect from our travels (we had a ton of them, never used) and put together a box for me to bring with the other donations. Included in the box were trial-size shampoos, conditioners, bar soaps, mending kits, and hand lotion.
Once the car was all packed up, I made my trip to Crisis nursery to drop off the donations, located in downtown Phoenix. I did not want to make a big deal about donating, so planned to just casually drop off my donations. I did want to let them know why I was donating (Champions For Kids). They were interested in the program, so came out to meet and talk with me. I met with Pat Beasley and Holly Prior from Crisis Nursery, and they gladly took the donations! I gave them my contact information, and am hoping to work with the them o n future donation projects. If you are local Phoenix resident, I hope you will donate to them as well, and participate in some of their upcoming events, such as their K for Kids 5K race on April 7th, or the We Are Family benefit on March 17th.
Okay, so what is all my blathering about the shopping, packing up the donations, and my drive to Crisis Nursery all about? What does this mean to you? It means, my dears, that I am showing you how easy it is to make a difference in a child’s life, by participating in the Champions for Kids Simple Service Projects. The supplies we donated will help two children (the emergency kits), and several families (wish list and toiletry donations). It did not take a lot of time or a ton of money (you can use coupons to buy your supplies), but to the children and families who need these things, it can make a world of difference.
Now get your little butt over to Champions For Kids, download a simple service project, find a local children’s organization to donate to, then shop, and donate your supplies. SIMPLE! (Couponers take note-March is a project where you work with All You Magazine, and use your coupons to shop for kids…how fun is that!!)
To find out more about the Champions For Kids program, visit the Champions For Kids website: http://championsforkids.org/
Disclosure: This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias, but my opinions are 100% my own!