Sometimes as a blogger you get pitched for a sponsored post and you think, “I don’t know how I am every going to make that work.” As in all the pitches I have gotten lately for pet owners (I own fish. FISH). But other times the stars align and you get to write about something you are already really passionate about and get paid for it.
Such was the case in the last two weeks. Last Monday I got to tell you about our leap of faith into foster care courtesy of Honda (and thank you for all of your awesome support-truly). Just as I accepted that post opportunity I got another opportunity that allows me highlight a program that fits so well with our passion to help the children who need it the most.
Most of us our blessed with a lot of resources to help provide for our children’s basic needs. And as parents we take our responsibility to keep them safe very seriously. But, as I have learned time and time again in our foster care training, there are so many children in our communities whose needs aren’t being provided for. It is truly shocking the kinds of homes many children live in. Words fail me.
So what would it look like if those of us in our community who were blessed shared our blessings with those in our community who aren’t nearly as blessed?
Energizer is making it so easy for us to do just that with their Light Up A Life Simple Service Project campaign. The concept is simple. They are challenging people to take a few moments our of days and a few dollars out of our wallets to put together a small care kit for kids. Their vision is to mobilize 20 million people by 2020 to become Champions for Kids!
I can’t be 20 million people, but I can be ONE of millions
I am SO excited to get my kids involved making care kits for our foster care agency so that they can begin to become invested in the process. We have talked to them a lot about it but I am not sure they are completely grasping what is going to happen. I am hoping this will be a good first step.
When kids come into foster care they often have just the clothes on their back. Nothing to remind them of home. Nothing to make them feel safe. Nothing to make them feel loved.
Care Bags consist of a new backpack with clothing, personal care items, and a toy for them when they meet their foster family and move to their foster home
We have found that the children have found the Care Bag is comforting to them and gives them something that belongs to them as they experience the trauma of being removed from their home and family. – DA Blodgett
I am just struck by the phrase “something that belongs to them.” They are separated from their family that they belong to, so to have ANYTHING that they can cling to as their own is a really big deal. It may not be much. But it is their own.
I would love to encourage all of you to look around you community and see where you can be a Champion for Kids.
In the coming weeks, I will be posting about the kit our family put together and I would love to know how you are doing the same. If it is something your family feels inspired to do, I would love to know what you are doing and who you are doing it for. The possibilities are really endless. Join me in becoming One of Millions.
This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias, but, as always, all opinions and ideas are my own. #EnergizerCFK, #CBias