Champions for Kids: Energizer’s “Light Up a Life” Simple Service Project

On February 13, 2012, by Glenda Embree- BusyAtHome
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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.

Seward church

After holding our first worship service, here, on Sunday, it's hard to beleive this was ever a WalMart!

 

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!

This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias.  #EnergizerCFK #CBias As with all Busy-at-Home posts, views and opinions expressed are wholly my own.

 

11 Responses to Champions for Kids: Energizer’s “Light Up a Life” Simple Service Project

  1. How cool that you converted your church from an old Walmart! It looks really nice! I look forward to seeing what you do with your kits. I’m sure your church will really appreciate the donation!

    • Tonia, it was a four-year process and a real labor of love on the parts of our pastors and families from our congregation. The inside is so beautiful! Sunday was a real celebration and I’m anxious to do even a small something for a church that has been such an integral part of our family for more than 17 years.

  2. This is such a wonderful project to be a part of, I can’t wait to see your project!

    • Thank you, Jenn. I don’t think i have ever been as excited about a charitable organization, as I am about Champions for Kids. They’re not just doing it on their own, they are encouraging and supporting others to get involved and active in their own communities. Activating people in their own communities is a long-term win-win for everyone involved, not just a one-time help. It’s a phenomenal idea!

  3. Christy says:

    WOW! That church is beautiful! I can’t wait to see what you put together for the babies in your church!

    • Thanks, Christy! God is so amazing to have allowed us to pull that together out of an old retail store. :) The project is perfectly timed to prep us for everything we may need to keep kids safe and protected when they are there.

  4. Amy says:

    That used to be a Walmart? I would never have believed it!
    I’m sure everyone’s going to love their care kits. (And I bet more than a few will be inspired to make their own!)

  5. This is such an awesome campaign to hear all the wonderful ideas everyone is coming up with!

  6. Terri says:

    How wonderful that you and your fellow members gave meaning and life to a vacant building! Thank you for sharing :) Michigan doesn’t rank high in the nation for tornado frequency, but those we do have are formidable. So many things can happen that leave little time for last minute preparations; love that you are helping kids in your community be prepared and stay safe!

  7. [...] Glenda from Busy at Home is very involved with her church, and the various children’s group housed within the church like Awana, so she knows how vital it is to keep those children safe at all times, especially when inclement weather strikes. She experience that recently when a tornado warning sounded while she was at the church one Wednesday evening during the children’s activities. They were able to move the children to safety but did not have kits prepared in the event of a sudden emergency like this. As a result she has decided to donate her Energizer Light Up a Life Care Kit back to her church where she knows it will be well utilized. Follow along with her story at Busy at Home to see the final care kit. [...]

  8. Jill says:

    What a great story all around. Champions for Kids is an amazing campaign in itself. It’s just so heartwarming to read everyone’s work!

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