I’ll admit I’ve spent a few days during this “month of love” frantically covering paper in stickers and glitter as we get our Valentines ready to mail. But at the heart of it, love isn’t about glitter and stickers. It’s about giving.
Will you join me on a very important mission, one to give to children in need?
Every child deserves to be safe. Yet supplies to help in case of an emergency this winter can be expensive. With many families struggling to put food on the table, an emergency supply kit for winter may be on he back burner. 70% of power outages occur due to weather events, and take it from me– a winter power outage can be deadly if you are stuck in a home with no heat, no clean water, and only candles for light.
Energizer has teamed up with Champions for Kids for this month’s SIMPLE Service Project– Light up a Life. Next time you go shopping, consider gathering supplies to donate to a family so they can be prepared in case of an emergency. Perhaps join with neighbors, friends, and co-workers to split the cost and help children stay safe. Schools, shelters, hospitals, churches– they all have relationships with people that could use these kits and would welcome them I’m sure.
What could you put in a Winter Emergency Kit?
- bottled water
- non-perishable and nut-free food such as granola bars
- instant hand warmers, or a thermal blanket
Noodle, Bee and I are heading out to stock a kit for a child in need. We plan to donate it to the school where I used to teach. Over 90% of my students qualified for free or reduced lunch, so I know there’s a family (actually, quite a few families) who could use that kit. We’d like to create another for the NICU where Noodle lived for a few months. That way, the nurses could send one home with a newborn so it will be protected in case of winter emergency. Trust me, having a newborn with special needs is terrifying when a storm threatens. I remember many sleepless nights worrying what we’d do if there was a major storm and we had no way to warm formula or power her feeding pump.
Every child deserves to be safe. I hope you’ll join us in showing some LOVE this Valentine’s Day with Energizer and Champions for Kids!