Last week we talked about child safety and the February Champions for Kids: Energizer Simple Service Project that I’m working on. I love Champions for Kids and the motivation to get out in the community and make a difference in the lives of children. Champions for Kids is not just for bloggers. Their goal is to mobilize millions of people, in their own communities, to do something simple that has a positive impact on the lives of children, right where they live. It’s easy and you can take part by visiting the Champions for Kids website and signing up for their current monthly simple service project.
As I mentioned in the previous post, I wanted to do something to help provide for the safety needs of children in our church nursery and youth programs. Our new church building, built from a recycled Walmart, has been occupied for two weeks, now, and it’s absolutely phenomenal! Serving hundreds of kids each week, through various youth, Sunday School and AWANA programs, it is the perfect choice in our community for me to work into the Energizer Simple Service Project.
When it comes to kids, there are always general needs to be met, which help with safety and health. Plus our church also houses a huge gymnasium, now, where the kids can be active and play, meaning there will be the occasional bump or scrape, that will need attention. Items to meet those everyday needs were simple to find at my local Walmart and I had a good time picking out things I knew the kids would like. Things like antibiotic ointment and Band-Aids with fun Disney characters made it into my “preparedness” kit.
With so many children playing and learning together, it’s easy for germs and the latest “bug” to move through a building quickly, too. That’s why I was so excited to learn that Energizer isn’t just responsible for the Energizer Bunny, flashlights and batteries. Did you know they are the company behind many of the brands you use every day, like: Banana Boat, Schick, Skintimate, Playtex Infant Care products, Wet Ones, and Playtex Feminine Care products. I found two big canisters of Wet Ones Antibacterial Face and Hand Wipes in two different scents to add to the kit, plus a three-pack of Kleenex.
The biggest part of what I wanted to provide for our church was a Weather Radio. As I mentioned in my previous post, I was present as an AWANA leader on a Wednesday night, several years ago, when the tornado sirens went off and outlying farms and homes in our community sustained a lot of damage. Emergency procedures were already in place and we knew what to do to keep the kids as safe as possible in those circumstances, but there are two things I remember wishing could have been different.
- I wished we had had more advance warning. By the time the sirens are blowing, that means a tornado has already been spotted on the ground.
- I wanted to provide something simple that would be a good distraction from being scared for the wide variety of ages involved and wouldn’t require a lot of organization or distribution of products.
My solutions were an awesome portable weather radio that can let us know well ahead of time if dangerous weather is approaching and some cool Energizer flashlights with lots of batteries. For the older kids, most have lived in the area long enough to have experienced tornado watches and warnings before, but for the littler ones, it’s a confusing and sometimes scary thing to suddenly be outside the normal routine and NOT at home. And even if you’re older, it’s a little unsettling not to be at home, when an emergency situation occurs. With a couple hundred kids sitting along the walls of the inner halls of our old building, heads tucked and covered, and loud sirens blaring; it only took a few minutes for the fear to set in.
One quick-thinking leader started a sing-a-long that provided the needed distraction; and what a glorious sound it must have been in heaven to hear all those little voices raised in praise and worship. Singing is a great way to keep a child’s mind off their worries, but in our new building, we serve so many more children and they’ll be spread over a much larger area. I wanted to add one more “something simple” that would hold their attention and keep them thinking creatively, instead of about the storm – shadow puppets. On the large walls of the gymnasium in our new church, protected from the storm on all sides by the outer rooms and walls encircling the gym, every kid in that expansive room will be able to see and create fun shadow puppets, guessing at the creations of their friends and coming up with some of their own. I loved that Energizer designed the flashlights to feature familiar Disney characters like Cars and Princesses.
To check out my complete Walmart shop for this fun service project, you can view my Google + album.
I delivered my “care package” to our nursery director at church, on Sunday and it was as exciting for me to give it as it was for her to receive it! I love doing these projects and being involved with Champions for Kids!
How could you help an organization in your community be better prepared to serve children in an emergency? Head on over to the Champions for Kids Simple Service Projects page and learn how you can get involved.
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