Every now and then I get the opportunity to teach my kids the value of a simple service project! This time we were focusing on helping other kids that are in great need. Since we just finished our rounds at the dentist, it was inspirational to them to understand the importance of a healthy and bright smile. So for our simple service project, we wanted to bring bright smiles to kids who have very little.
Bringing a Simple Service Project to A family Crisis center
Recently our town established a Family Crisis Center that services the surrounding four counties. It focuses on providing safety and resources to families who are in abusive situations. For those that want a way out, they offer a way to escape. For those that don’t want to leave, they offer classes. These Classes teach
- How to improve the situation
- Healthy relationship tactics
- Skills to keep them and their children safe.
- Different forms of Abuse
- How to understand the cycle of Domestic violence
- Counseling for those in need
- How to develop a safety plan
- And what resources are available to them to give them options.
Our Family Crisis center runs solely on grants and charitable donations and is a non profit organization. Many of the families that go through the center have had to leave their home in the dead of the night and have very little. The Families are then provided a means to go through the food bank. And also the thrift store to “shop” without cost to them. They can select items they need to set up their new homes and provide for their children. All these items are donated to the shelter. They keep an updated list on a board. This allows anyone visiting to see what they currently need. Then if they so desire they can donate the needed supplies.
They offer a thrift store in the basement that is filled with items donated. It is open on Monday thru Friday 10am to 3pm. Anyone can shop just like a regular thrift store. Except all proceeds go towards further support the families in need and to keep the Family Crisis Center open. This is one of my first stops to shop when my kids need something. Not only do I save money, but I’m also supporting a great cause.
I am quite passionate about the Family Crisis center. You can ask my friends. I am always talking about supporting the Family crisis center. So it was a clear choice to select the Family Crisis Center as the recipient for our next simple service project with the kids!
Collecting items for our #Colgate4Kids Simple Service Project
When it comes to Simple Service Projects, no one does it better than Champions for Kids. Each month it seems as though they have a new campaign that you can take part in. They join up with another big name brand to ensure kids across the nation get what they need. For March the focus is on the Colgate campaign of Bright Smiles, Bright Futures. They want to ensure dental health for children across the nation. It doesn’t take much to participate. Simply purchase Colgate products and donate them to a local charity or organization that directly helps children. See, I told you it was really simple!
And I love doing these campaigns with my kids; because it shows them you don’t have to organize a huge event in order to help other people. Service projects can be simple and still make a big difference. So we went off to Walmart to pick out some Spongebob Square Pants toothbrushes and toothpaste for little boys and Dora the Explorer toothbrushes and toothpaste for little girls.
Well, Colgate Dora and Spongebob must be really popular because as you can see, they were completely sold out of the Dora toothpaste and only had two Spongebob toothpaste. The customer service lady said they weren’t going to get more in stock for a few days. By then; our service project would be over. So we took the last two Spongebob toothpaste and filled in with the regular Colgate toothpaste. Then I let the kids pick out the best Dora and Spongebob toothbrushes that they wanted to donate.
Once we got home, we packaged it all up into a fun gift bag. I wanted my kids to understand that their service is truly a gift to the recipients. It helped them understand more about the value of a service project.
We wanted to do more for the Family Crisis Center than just the gift of Colgate. So we set on going through toys and clothes seeing what the kids could part with. We collected a box full of clothes, coats, shoes, toys, books and more. It was pretty exciting to see all that we had laying around the house that could be better used by someone in more need.
Simple Service Project Donation Day
I called ahead to ensure that a representative would be available. And to ask if I could bring my kids and take a few pictures. With our appointment scheduled, we were ready to go. Once the boys got home from school we packed up and headed over.
I let them all take part in the donation. We met with the worker there and were able to let the kids each help with the presentation of the box and gift bag full of #Colgate4Kids products. It was pretty special for them to be part of the simple service project. And it was much appreciated by the Family Crisis Center. And even better knowing that our simple gift is going to make a big difference to other families.
To see even more amazing simple Service projects in action be sure to visit Champions for Kids Facebook page and Colgate’s Facebook Page. You can also see more details on how you can be part of the Simple service project at Champions for Kids website.
What simple service project have you done lately?
Do you know of a local charity that could benefit from your own simple service project?
I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias® Colgate and Champions for Kids #cbias #SocialFabric. However all opinions and experiences are 100% my own and authentic.