A SIMPLE Service Project for our kids

How do you teach your children to be compassionate, caring, and giving? I often think about how my kids will grow up and the kind of people they’ll be. As parents, we can only hope that our children grow to be strong, independent, thoughtful, and kind individuals, right? Our family is very fortunate and it’s also important to me that our kids know many others aren’t and sometimes need our help. We are really here to improve the lives of others and give what we can.

I have two toddlers that are very into that “everything is MINE” stage, but it’s never to early to start teaching. I’ve worked with the Champions for Kids program before and my kids have helped me create donation packages. Monkey see, monkey do, right? I think the best way I can teach my children is by example. The more they see me give and consider the feelings of others, the more likely they will, too.

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We recently collected breakfast food items and donated them to a local organization. I’m a member of our local “MOMS Club of Rockford,” which hosts play dates and activities nearly every day so I told them about our donation plans and asked for help. Moms brought me food at play dates and I collected the items until our donation yesterday. Big thanks to everyone that donated, especially Nyki and Tiffany for the help!

Rock House Kids is a local non-profit that “seeks to feed at risk children physically, spiritually and emotionally. It is an outreach that cares for at-risk children in Rockford’s inner city.” They work with kids ages 4 to 18 with after school programs, tutoring, field trips, education, clothing, and food. Two evenings a week kids meet for some community activities and then Rock House Kids sends each kid home with a bag of food to help them through the rest of the week. Our MOMS Club of Rockford donated coats, mittens, and other items last winter and that is how I discovered this amazing organization.

simple service project

Did you know that 9.8 million kids (more than ever before) get free or reduced price school breakfast on an average day, but 10.6 million eligible kids go without? Hunger has a huge effect on how a child performs at school. In fact, 9 out of 10 teachers say having a healthy breakfast is a key to academic achievement.

Champions for Kids makes it simple to give children in local communities the resources they need to thrive. Let’s teach our children the habit of GIVING. It doesn’t have to be a lot, you don’t have to dedicate hours each week or offer any more than you can handle. Find a local organization for a SIMPLE service project. Ask them what they need, get your children involved in picking out items, and donate a few times a year.

SIMPLE Service Project with Champions for Kids

From April 15 through May 15, Champions for Kids is partnering with Kellogg Company and Diamond Foods to encourage community projects across the country benefiting children in need. Called SIMPLE Service Projects, the idea is to collect breakfast foods that you can donate to a local organization that serves children in need, such as a food pantry, shelter or daycare center. It really is SIMPLE: gather, learn, give, share.

Rock House Kids was surprised and thrilled. Ryan, my 4-year-old, helped me carry in our bags of food (we had at least 6 full ones), and he went from telling me, “nooo, I want to keep that because *I* want to eat it!” to saying, “some other kids need this more.” It’s going to make me cry! Today he actually pulled out our granola bars from the pantry and said, “hey, mom, this is something we could donate, too!” ::heartwarming:: I think it was really great for him to be involved, from picking out food at the store to helping me carry it in and hand it over.

What local organization could use your help with a SIMPLE Service Project?

Find more info with Champions for Kids on Facebook and Twitter. Share your story or photos with #SIMPLEGiving and make sure you share on the Champions for Kids website for more donations from Kellogg’s!

I participated in this program on behalf of Champions for Kids and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own.

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