Helping Others: Energizer Champions For Kids Project

Last week I wrote about our participation in a simple service project, Energizer Champions For Kids.  I knew from the start that I wanted to involve both boys on our shopping trip. Even at 2 and 3 years old, I wanted to expose the boys to the idea that there are others, including children, that are in need. During the winter months, those needs can rise due to unforeseen weather related emergencies.

Of course I had the best intentions of shopping with both boys. Our first attempt ended with us not even making it out of the car so I knew that we’d be more efficient and purchase more necessary items if we weren’t rushed (or frazzled) . I opted to shop with just Bbear while Cbear was at preschool. So off we went to our local Walmart (store #5047).

I started out with a list of items that I knew would be needed in case of an emergency. Of course Energizer batteries were at the top of the list. I love the fact that you can find a full display of batteries at the store. Bbear and I were also looking for flashlights that would be fun for kids but also functional. I admit I did a few loops before finally asking where the flashlights were (apparently in our store they are near the fishing poles). I was excited that we found Toy Story and Tinkerbell flashlights.

I was also thinking about the cold winter months and knew we needed something a little extra to help keep our recipients warm. Not knowing if the family might have boys or girls I had set out to buy either gender neutral products or 2 products that would at least give the child the option to choose. I found some warm, fuzzy socks in green and red.  Scarves, gloves and hats were also a must. I found this pretty purple set for girls, and a similar set in black and grey stripes for boys. Of course Walmart was having a great sale on these items and I’m now wondering why I didn’t pick up something for my own boys for next year!

Winter months can be hard, especially if you lose power. I wanted to find a nice snack that would be kid-friendly but also last.  I’m glad I checked the expiration dates on the boxes. I was about to add the name-brand variety pack to my cart until I saw the Walmart brand was going to last nearly 4 months longer!

Our Winter Care Kit included:

  • Energizer Batteries
  • Tinkerbell and Toy Story Flashlights
  • Suave Shampoo
  • Peanuts 2-pack toothbrushes
  • Colgate tooth paste
  • Chewy Granola Bars
  • Purple Hat, Scarf, Gloves set
  • Black Hat and Gloves
  • Warm, fuzzy socks (2-pack)
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Coloring book and crayons
  • Ice packs
  • Cooler

One of my goals was to find a good carryall for our Care Kit. This is where I had my impulse buy moment. I originally pictured using a waterproof container with lid until I happened upon this fabric cooler. Thinking about how food can go bad, a storage container might come in handy. It did cross my mind to question how people might actually freeze the cold pack during an emergency, and then I realized that they could 1) go back to the church and use the freezer there for a moment or 2) it is winter… with the freezing temps sticking the cold pack outside should do the trick. As a former nursing mom, one of my thoughts with food and a loss of power is what to do with all that pumped milk. I’m hoping if a nursing mom does receive this package, some of that liquid gold can be saved. And if not, its great for milk, juice or just about anything else!

We packed up our Care Kit and headed over to our local church/preschool. They were happy that we thought of them and that they would have something to provide to a member of the community in a time of need!

This project was such a simple thing to do and yet it could have a tremendous impact on someone’s life. It felt good shopping for someone else and I was so happy to share that experience with Bbear. I think we’ll try this again and next time I’ll bring Cbear along for the trip to get involved. More photos from our shopping trip adventure can be found on Google +.

You can find more information on Champions for Kids on Twitter and Facebook.

Energizer was this month’s Simple Service Project sponsor. You can also follow them on Twitter and Facebook.

I’d love to hear simple ways you give back to your community!

Disclosure: This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias.  All opinions are 100% mine. #ChampionsForKids #EnergizerCFK #Cbias