It’s was a just one of the Simple Service projects that you can check out on thee Champions for Kids website.
Our mission was to make a Winter Survival Kit. I’ll be the first to admit that we altered it a bit.
The organization that we chose to give out kits to called Henderson House. Henderson House is a non-profit that provides a safe house shelter for women and children who are victims of domestic abuse. As I mentioned in my post earlier this week, these women often leave their homes with nothing. It’s a quick grab and dash just to get out of the house, often times with just their lives.
While these women are in need of support, I couldn’t help but immediately feel for the children who often don’t completely understand what is happening. All they really know is they are being taken from their home and they have to leave all their toys and belongings behind.
My kids and I have had many conversations about this. We’ve donated several times to this organization, each time the compassion of my own children has grown.
This is why I strongly encourage all of you to check out the Simple Service projects and do one with your child/ren.
For our mission we headed to our local Walmart Store #1843. It couldn’t have been more fitting since we were shopping for a winter survival kit and the weather was definitely proving that it was winter.
We had a list of items we had to get and a timeline to buy them. We only had about 45 minutes to get in and out of the store. Thankfully, we are so familiar with our store that we mapped out our route efficiently. 🙂
Energizer was my sponsor for this mission so my eye instantly was drawn to the battery center that was right near the check outs. As we were walking back to the flashlights we passed yet another battery center, so we grabbed a few packs to go with the flashlights we were going to buy.
We decided to make 3 separate kits that included, a coloring book, flashlight, batteries, toothbrush and toothpaste, a toy, and a stuffed animal.
In the end we spent a little over $60 to create these 3 totes. I have to say that I fell in love with the stuffed animals because they demonstrated a mother and child.
We took our kits to Henderson House office, (we were not allowed to take photos inside,) we were greeted warmly and when we told them what we had to give they were ecstatic!
The director came out to meet us as well and talked to my kids at length about what a difference they were making for the young kids who come to the shelter. I couldn’t help but tear up as I saw the pride on the faces of my children.
Definitely go check out the Simple Service projects, not only will you be affecting the lives of others, but you won’t believe the impact it can have on your own!
(To view the complete album of photos taken during this mission please visit my Google+ page.)