This year I've been all about giving back! I've participated in our neighborhood, "You've been Elfed" project, I got two names off the angel tree and I also donated some pet samples I've received throughout the year to a pet box at the Youth Center my kids go to. I also belong to a group of army and air force wives who have picked/adopted a family in need. And this family is the reason that I was so excited to hear about the Collective Bias (#cbias) and the Champion for Kids program.
Before I tell you how I plan to help out with this family I want to tell you a little bit more about Champion for Kids. I think the best way to let you know what they are about is to simply repost their mission:
We work to mobilize MILLIONS of people to improve the lives of children in their communities. Champions
for Kids began with a core commitment: to improve the lives of children
through the leverage of people. We are motivated by one purpose—to
support people and organizations working to make our communities a
better place for children.
There are so many ways to participate and help out your local community through Champions for Kids. There are 5 main programs you can participate in, including a 5K run, a conference and a simple service project which is announced each month. You can head on over to the main page to learn more about each of the programs. Lucky me, I'm participating the simple service project that is perfect for the season!It's the Disney Stocking Stuffer campaign!
Did you know: 16 million children live in families that are caught in the gap between the official poverty line and a living wage, which means they often don’t qualify for government assistance but still have difficulty meeting basic food, child care, and household needs. The holidays are
a particularly challenging time for these families. And although you would never think about it a lot of military families are struggling to make ends meet. That's where the family I'm helping comes in. A lady from our local Facebook support group knows of a particular family that is having a rough time this year. The husband is in the military but is currently deployed. The wife is pregnant and is having a high risk pregnancy making her unable to work or do lots of other every day chores. They have two children already, ages 3 and 4 who they told would not get Christmas this year because they couldn't afford it. They don't have family near by so they are relying on other military friends and family to help out. As soon as the lady in our group mentioned this I immediately volunteered with a few others to put together a meal for the family. And then I was picked to do this shop and just knew these two little girls would be perfect! They love Disney Princesses and I'm super excited to make them some stockings! Next week I will be posting the details of my shop and how we plan to get the gifts to the family. I've found some really great stocking stuffers at Walmart and I can't wait to put my stockings together!
So how can you help? Well first you can learn more by following Champions for Kids on Facebook and Twitter. You can also attend an awesome Champions for Kids twitter party which will be next Thursday, December 15 at 9pm EST. And don't forget to check my blog next week for my post on how I helped out as a Champion for some local kids! Like they say, It takes a village to raise a child and I love to do my part!
Disclosure: This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias.
All thoughts and opinions are my own.