One of the things that I love doing with my kids is service projects. I think it’s extremely important to teach them at a young age the importance of giving back to our community. Our projects always seem to resinate more with them when they involve kids.
Over the next 2 days my kids and I will be going shopping for items to create a couple Winter Survival Kits that will be donated to the kids at our local Domestic Abuse Shelter. Winters in Oregon can be pretty harsh, and I was a bit saddened to discover that our county, although it does have homeless shelter, doesn’t have any accomodations for kids. I guess that could be good or bad. When talking to the Gospel Rescue Mission they did say that they don’t typically get children coming to the shelter, but what if they did? They would have to turn them away.
Because we definitely wanted our kits to children, I thought the next best thing our Domestic Abuse Shelter for women and children. The women who seek help from the shelter are some of the most courageous women I have ever met. I don’t think people truly understand the type of bravery it takes to leave an abusive environment. Many of these women leave without a penny to their name, and they often only have the clothing on their and their children’s backs.
The children are most often afraid when they arrive at the shelter, so I wanted to give them some light.
The plan is to create a few small kits that include:
- Bottled Water
- Stuffed Animal
- Children’s Book
For these kids it’s not just about Winter survival. It’s about life survival. When they arrive at the shelter I don’t want them to feel alone, what better way to combat that than with a flashlight to ward off the darkness and a new friend to cuddle.
I would love if all my readers would jump on board with their kids to participate in this Energizer Light Up A Life Simple Service Project. Your kit doesn’t have to be huge, it can include just a flashlight and small first aid kit if that’s all you can do.
It doesn’t take a lot to make a difference!