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Our usual back to school activities typically include getting new shoes for the kids, buying school supplies from the list provided by their teachers and making sure the kids have a new outfit or two to start out the school year. The kids are allowed to have certain kinds of clear water bottles at their desks so this year I also made them all water bottle carriers so they could more easily carry their water and keep the bottles out of their backpacks to reduce the likelihood of wet books and homework.
Then I heard about the Emergen-C #40Pounds Challenge and really wanted to get involved. While we were busy making our school lists and planning schedules there are children in Ethiopia who don’t get the opportunity to attend school because they spend most of each day struggling to simply obtain drinking water for their families. These children often walk for miles to get cooking and drinking water that isn’t even really safe to drink, then they have to carry 40 pounds of water back to their homes. Now Emergen-C is allowing anyone to help fund projects that bring clean, accessible water to communities in Ethiopia simply by taking The #40Pounds Challenge. Take a picture of yourself holding something that weighs 40 pounds, upload it to Instagram, tag @emergenc and use the hashtag #40Pounds and Emergen-C will donate $5 to charity water for every challenge picture uploaded.
The rule at my office is that the person who empties the water bottle has to replace it with a new one. Full bottles are at one end of the office and the cooler is at the other so it’s a chore to carry a 40 pound bottle of water across the office. I cannot imagine having to carry one for miles to make sure my family has drinking water. My Instagram photo above shows me holding four ten pound bowling balls to demonstrate the difficulty of holding 40 pounds of anything and I’m pretty sure that if I had to go more than a few steps with them someone might have gotten hurt.
Make Your Own Water Bottle Carrier
Since we did have a few wet backpack issues last year I made the kids these super simple water bottle carriers so they can carry their water anywhere hands-free while keeping their school work safe. I made two different versions – an over the shoulder bottle holder and a belt loop carabiner bottle holder – because each of my kids preferred a different variety. All you need are rubber O-rings (from the plumbing department of your favorite hardware store), ribbon or belt webbing and a few minutes and you can make your own water bottle carriers.
Pick a sturdy 3/4 inch ribbon or belt webbing in your favorite color and get some #18 O-rings (1 3/16″ x 15/16″ x 1/8″) from the plumbing department. If you’d like to make a carabiner version you can usually find them by the rope or key areas of the hardware store. Cut a four foot length of ribbon for the over the shoulder carrier, loop one end around an O-ring, fold the edge under and stitch in place. Repeat with the other end of the ribbon. If making the carabiner version cut a five inch length of ribbon, loop one end around an O-ring, fold the edge under and stitch in place. Loop the other end around the carabiner, fold the edge under and stitch in place.
We always keep Emergen-C on hand at our house and we use it even more in the fall after school starts back and the kids are coming in contact with all sorts of new bugs and germs. I love all the different flavors that are available at Walmart and elsewhere, and I love how easy it is to simply mix the Emergen-C packets with water to provide lots of vitamins. “Emergen-C® is packed with B vitamins, antioxidants† , electrolytes plus more vitamin C than 10 oranges^. With over 20 flavors, you have plenty of delicious varieties to choose from.” † Zinc and Manganese ^Based on the USDA.gov nutrient database value for a large, raw orange.
Are you ready to take the #40Pounds Challenge to help communities in Ethiopia? I can’t wait to see your pictures!
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