Keeping Children Safe During Winter

According to the Centers for Disease Control accidents are the leading cause of death for children and over nine million children suffer from non-fatal injuries each year.  In addition, dangerous weather causes hundreds of deaths and thousands of injuries each year.  Champions for Kids is mobilizing millions through SIMPLE service projects and they’ve partnered with Energizer for the Light Up A Life campaign and I’m proud to be participating with a SIMPLE service project of my own – make a winter emergency kit and deliver it to the Ronald McDonald House.

We live in south Alabama but the nearest regional children’s hospital is in Florida, which is where I gave birth to quadruplets six years ago.  The babies had to stay in NICU for a month after they were born so we were offered a room at the Ronald McDonald House next door to the hospital.  There were so many other babies in NICU, way too many kids in the children’s ward, and lots of other people in need of that room so we decided to stay with family members who didn’t live too far away.  When the babies were three months old our two identical boys both had to have surgery for pyloric stenosis so were back at the hospital over the Christmas and New Year holidays.

These experiences have really shown us how important it is that we protect the health and safety of children everywhere and we believe that it’s important to give back whenever possible.  The kids enjoy doing things like delivering gifts to the children’s ward at Christmas and they’re thrilled to be helping plan a winter emergency kit for the Ronald McDonald House.  While we don’t typically experience snow, ice or other similar hazardous winter weather here in the south, we do experience other weather hazards like tornadoes, flash flooding and hurricane season will be here before we know it so we plan to shop this week for items like:

  • Bandages
  • Bottled Water
  • Hand Wipes
  • Batteries
  • Flashlights
  • Weather Radio

Then we’ll get our package bundled up in some sort of a storage container and deliver it to the Ronald McDonald House.  Can you think of a deserving shelter, school, religious organization or other organization near you that could use a winter emergency kit?  Please visit Champions For Kids to learn more about doing a SIMPLE Service Project in your community and help to meet the goal of mobilizing 20 million people by 2020.

Disclosure – This post has been compensated as a part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias, however all thoughts and opinions are my own.  Thanks so much to #EnergizerCFK and #CBias!


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  1. Love that you are giving back to a place that has been so special to your family. Ronald McDonald house is such a wonderful respite for so many!!

  2. What a wonderful thing to do — and always great to give back to the community!

  3. In our town there is a Women’s Crisis Center and a Pregnancy Center for Teens that could really use this type of help. My boy would be really excited to help out with something like this so I’m going to check out the site and see what we can do!!

  4. What a phenomenal way to give back and get the kids involved. Thanks for sharing!!

  5. Great tips! It’s always important to have an emergency kit in your home and car when weather can get crazy and icy during this season.

  6. I checked out the site, and found the All You Couponing For Good event. What a great idea!

  7. I love community initiatives

  8. that is so sweet, I want to do more good things for people!

  9. Weather can be scary especially if you aren’t prepared. I’ll be donating to a nearby school. 🙂 (added by Mobile using Mippin)

  10. I’ve heard so many wonderful things about the Ronald McDonald House, I am happy to hear you’ve chosen them for your service project!

  11. The Ronald McDonald house rocks! I love that you are giving back to them! And quadruplets? OUCH! You are amazing!

  12. How awesome! I’m making kits for my local Ronald McDonald House, too!

  13. What a great post, The Ronald McDonald House is such a great organization to be involved with!

  14. It’s so important to give children opportunities to get involved! How meaningful to give back in a way filled with so much personal connection!
    Looking forward to seeing your next post!

  15. What a great idea. I never thought about an emergency kit donation before but this is really making me think about places that could use some near me.

  16. What a great cause! I’m guessing you were in Pensacola – that’s where I live! I’ve heard great things about the Ronald McDonald house, and we’ve attended a few fundraisers for them.

  17. Hey April! Yes, you’re right – what a very small world! So nice to meet you 🙂


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