This past week, I had the great pleasure of running a donations drive for the Dial into Giving Simple Service Project for Champions for Kids. Our day to day lives are filled with bacteria and germs that can cause disease – yeah, it’s kind of yucky to think about but it’s true. And we know from research that most of these germs are transferred from one person to another through hand contact. In fact, this Hand Washing to Prevent Disease article cites a statistic from the Centers for Disease Control stating that “80% of infectious diseases are spread through hand contact.” The Dial into Giving project strives to provide needy children with soap and other basic toiletry necessities to help curb the spread of disease.
At one of my local women’s group events last week, I asked each of the attendees to please bring an item to donate to the drive. The plan was to give these items to the Women’s Community House here in my city. It’s a local shelter for abused women and their children. Most of the families who arrive there do so with only what clothing they have on their backs and they have to start from scratch to rebuild their lives. They are in need of toiletry items to use while living at the shelter as well as to take with them when they move out into their own homes. Check out my first blog post on this topic to learn more about this project and the charities I chose.
The women who came out for this event were very generous.
We collected bars of soap, liquid soap, body wash, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, body lotion, and deodorant. We found some great inexpensive prices on these items at Walmart. Check out my Google Plus album to see my entire shopping trip.
The basket was so full that it became like a game of Jenga to try to place another item on the pile in it without sending the rest tumbling out!
Yesterday I drove to the Women’s Community House to deliver our donations. They were extremely happy to receive them and said that they would help out quite a number of families in starting their new lives. We’re planning to do another collection of travel sized items to donate to the Streetlight Bus, mobile center for homeless children and teens.
The Dial into Giving project for Champions for Kids truly was a simple service project and yet, I feel like we have done something really good here. All it took was a trip to the store to pick up a couple of items to donate (I just added them in as part of my regular grocery shop) , arranging a way for us to get together (in our case we used an already existing social event but you could just meet up with others at your kids’ sporting events or Scout meeting, maybe set up a donation box at your church or community centre, or even just ask your friends and family to drop by your house with their items), and then a simple trip to the charity of choice to drop our donations off. It was easy peasy and it cost each of us very little in terms of time and money but yet when we combined our efforts, it made a difference.
How about you? Will you become one in a million to help Champions for Kids reach their goal of 20 million people by the year 2020? It’s so SIMPLE and yet means so much! Come on! You can do it! Organize a Dial into Giving #DialCFK SIMPLE Service Project in your own community and report it on the Champions for Kids website like I did here. You’ll feel so good and so will those who receive your donations!
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