I always love participating in Simple Service Projects with Champions for Kids. It is something that my kids and I can do together to inspire others to do more as well. This service project is about #SIMPLEGiving.
Many kids wake up hungry and go to bed hungry. We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but did you know that 10% of U.S. kids in food-insecure homes aren’t guaranteed a breakfast at all? It is crazy to think that 9.8 million kids get free or reduced price school breakfast on average each day, BUT 10.6 million eligible kids still go without. That is outrageous!
Every SIMPLE Service Project has 4 basic steps:
- GATHER your friends, family, and co-workers.
- LEARN about the needs of children in your community.
- GIVE items to help kids enjoy happier & healthier lives.
- SHARE your story with us to inspire others.
The girls and I decided to call on our Roller Derby family to help with this project. Several of their teammates brought boxes of breakfast cereal to practice. The girls and I then had to decide where to donate. I couldn’t think of a better place than our own local food bank which is run by a fantastic church. They help families in the area and they also have other ways they help local families. I’m not ashamed to admit they have helped my family several times in the past.
The Lake Cities United Methodist Church runs a community food pantry for residents of Lake Dallas and Shady Shores, Texas. They also help residents pay bills in emergency situations and even run a Christmas program that helps supply kids with gifts for Christmas. They do a lot for the community.
The girls gathered up all of the donations and took them in. They feel good that they could do their part along with their Roller Derby friends from the Rolling Rebellion. I hope we can do more Simple Service projects as a team to help others in the local communities. (My oldest daughter is a freak about having her photo taken these days, so she is there with the rest of the donation…but refused a pic….ugh teenagers….)
I hope that we have encourage you to do a Simple Service project for kids in your own community! It’s sad to think about how many kids go hungry each day in our own neighborhoods. Most people think that starving children only exist in third world countries…when in reality, it is happening in our own neighborhoods.
How do you help those in your community?
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