Last week I told you guys about a fun campaign that I was taking part in… The Energizer Light Up a Life Champion for Kids event.
One of the main ideas is to put together Winter Survival kits for families in need in your area. Last week I talked about a crazy winter storm that we lived through several years ago, but living here in Las Vegas, we don't really have many of those issues. It gets cold here and pretty windy, but we don't have to deal with snow and ice usually. When my family and I discussed how we would put together a winter survival kit we felt it made more sense to put together a personal care kit for a local battered women's shelter called Shade Tree.
My daughter Em and I headed off to Walmart to gather some personal care items to put together in a bag. If you would like to follow along on our Walmart shopping trip you can visit my Google+ album. Here is what we put together…
Being the person who I am, I HAD to get a cute bag. No utilitarian bag for us!! More than anything I think these ladies and their kiddos, who have been through so much, need a cute bag full of essential items to help brighten their life a little. Em found the cutest polka-dot bag that would work great! Here is what we filled it with…
We thought a flash light with some Energizer batteries would be a good idea for the bag. You never know when you could use a little light. Especially living in a group situation it might be a good idea. We also included extra batteries as well. Em thought it would be a good idea to have an activity for the kiddos so we bought coloring books and crayons. These kiddos have been through a lot I know how a brand new box of crayons and a fresh coloring book can brighten my day, I'm sure it will be a fun treat for them. Then we added some personal care items like wipes, shampoo, conditioner, feminine supplies, deodorant, lotion, soap and hand sanitizer.
We thought some toothbrushes and toothpaste would be a good idea. Sometimes these family have to leave their homes in a hurry without the opportunity to take even their basic items with them. We included adult oral care items along with some kiddo toothbrushes and toothpaste as well. Everyone has the need of a first aid kit every once in a while, so we included two small basic kits that travel easily. We loaded everything up in the bag and then headed over to Shade Tree.
I was so grateful to share this experiece with Em, it really opened up her eyes and broadened her world a bit. Sometimes we get so used to living in our nice, warm homes and forget that there are people out there, our neighbors even, who are suffering. On our drive to the shelter Em and I had a chance to talk about what we were doing and why we were taking our bag to this specific location and what these ladies and their kiddos have been through. It really touched her heart.
Here is Em dropping the bag off at Shade Tree. Due to the nature of the shelter they didn't really want a lot of pictures taken but we were able to take this one in front of a beautiful mural at the entrance of the shelter.
This has been such a wonderful event to take part in. Sometimes we can become overwhelmed with feeling like we just don't have enough time or resources to help out. That's what makes this Simple Service Project so great! Just grab a bag and some items that are in need in your area and then drop it off at a school, church, shelter, anywhere where they may have a need and you're done. You never know how your simple act can make all the difference in someone's life.
The people at Energizer along with the Champions for Kids would LOVE to have you join the mission. They are looking to mobilize 20 Million people by 2020 to help those kiddos and families that are in need. I challenge each of you to visit their site and see what you can do for your community and join the mission along with Em and I to help at least one family in need!
I would LOVE to hear about what you and your families put together. Leave a comment here or email me with pictures of your personal care kits or winter survival kits to me here at WhipperBerry. I would love to share them with my facebook fans!!
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