Last month, I got to share my first Champions for Kids simple service project with you. I’m so pleased to have an opportunity to complete a second project in our community and share how you can get involved, right where you live. This month, Champions for Kids is partnered with Energizer to prepare kits to help children stay safe and be prepared.
Over 9 million children suffer from non-fatal injuries each year, and accidents are the leading cause of death for children. Additionally, dangerous weather events cause hundreds of deaths and thousands of injuries every year. 70% of power outages in the U.S. are weather related. Numerous power failures are caused by natural weather phenomena such as lightening, rain, snow, ice, wind, and even dust. The Center of Disease Control recommends having a kit ready in preparation for any emergency that may arise. They recommend the kit include food, water, flash light, extra batteries, medications, first aid kit, sanitation and personal hygiene items, copies of personal documents, and other necessities. It’s a good idea for all of us to prepare ourselves and our children for emergency situations that may occur. But we can do even more, by helping agencies and organizations in our communities that serve children, to also be prepared in emergency events.
This past weekend was especially poignant for me and for many others in our community, members of my local church, specifically. We held our first service in our “new to us” church building, Sunday morning. I say new to us, because rather than starting from scratch when we began building to accommodate our growing congregation, our church purchased an old WalMart building in town and recycled it into the most wonderful house of worship. I think you will agree with me that nothing about it resembles its former purpose.
As I decided what I wanted to do to help with child safety in our community, my mind was continually drawn back to this church and the hundreds of children it serves each week. Cold weather and it’s dangers are very real in frigid Nebraska winters, but they are also something that all of us are so accustomed to, that preparation and safety are almost second nature here. Our new building even has a back-up generator built-in, should we find ourselves without power for a time. However, there IS one weather-related danger that even though we always expect it, when it will appear, and the speed with which it happens, requires quick thinking and preparedness to provide adequate shelter and safety. It’s a summer-time weather hazard that Nebraskans know all to well – TORNADOES!
While you could doubtlessly find children being served on any day of the week, at Hillcrest Evangelical Free Church, Wednesday nights there are hundreds of kids, from infants to 8th graders, involved in nursery, AWANA and youth group activities. I was present on one of those evenings when a tornado warning was issued and all the children need to be moved to safety. I decided that I wanted to design my Energizer Simple Service Project with Champions for Kids to help the church be well prepared to keep children in their care, happy and safe, and to know well in advance if tornado weather was threatening. I will be preparing a “Light Up a Life Care Kit” for the children in our church. Energizer has some great products that will be essential elements in creating it.
You can be one of the millions who help your community be a prepared and safe haven for children. Getting involved with Champions for Kids Simple Service Projects is incredibly easy and so rewarding. How will you engage your co-workers, community leaders or church members to provide safety kits for kids in your town? Visit the Champions for Kids website to get fantastic ideas and support, to report on your project and to find out more about how important and needed your help is. I can’t wait to hear how you bless the kids in your own town!
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