Part 2 – Keeping Children Safe In Winter

I’m so thrilled to be participating in the Energizer Champions for Kids SIMPLE Service Project and I wanted to report back on the completion of this mission!  We chose to create a winter emergency survival kit to deliver to our local Ronald McDonald house for this project.  Our family has a history of childhood medical issues that originally introduced us to the Ronald McDonald house years ago when my quadruplets were born so we’re always happy to find ways that we can give back to other children in need.

Since we live in the south we don’t have to worry too much about winter weather hazards like snow and freezing cold, but we do experience tornadoes and power outages from storms, plus we’ll have to start worrying about hurricane season pretty soon, so we wanted to make sure we included things in our survival kit that would cover all of these emergencies.  We shopped at our local WalMart and purchased the following items for our kit.

Our survival kit package included:

  • Energizer LED Safety Light with alert whistle and emergency checklist
  • Energizer emergency crank radio with flashlight
  • Energizer rechargeable LED light
  • Wet Ones antibacterial wipes
  • Energizer batteries
  • 2 Cases of bottled water

We also picked up this cute red collapsible fabric storage cube to store everything.  The kids were super happy to deliver this package to the Ronald McDonald house and were just so sorry to have missed Ronald by only a few minutes – you can tell from these footprints on the sidewalk out front that he had just been there!

We will continue to look for other great volunteer projects like this one, and I’d like to encourage you to 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.

Part 1 – Keeping Children Safe During Winter

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!

 

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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