Monday, June 11, 2012

Post Bowls of Hope: Helps feed families #PostCFK

As many of you know, I have been participating in the Champions for Kids simple service projects for several months. If you don't know about Champions for Kids (CFK) then here's your crash course. They are an organization that each month pairs up with a company and provides guidelines for "SIMPLE service projects" that you, me or anyone can complete. These service projects are always geared towards putting on a smile on someone in need. I have participated in 3 other ones so I have seen first hand what a difference it really makes.
This month for the SIMPLE service project, CFK teamed up with Post Cereal to help combat child hunger. Now that school is out, children in need are less likely to receive the regular breakfast and lunch meals they were eligible for in the school system. In fact, "Only 1 out of 6 children who receive free or reduced-price meals during theschool year continue to receive meals during the summer months"! This puts an even larger strain on food banks, churches and other organizations that provide food. Post and CFK are encouraging you this month to organize your own food drive, no matter how small and donate the collected food to a local organization that helps feed children.

I decided to take my usual crew (my kids) who love to participate in these projects and head out to Walmart to purchase some boxes of Post cereal. I'm already a huge Honey Bunches of Oats fan so this was an easy one for me! (My new favorite HBOats is the one with Raisins!) Luckily I had won a coupon from a giveaway that was for one free box of Honey Bunches of Oats, which just so happens to be a Post cereal! The Post selections were huge! I didn't even know where to start! Prices at Walmart are so competitive and I love it! The coupon was for a box up to $4.49. Walmart sells a regular size box, a family size and even a GIANT size. And guess what? The Giant size was less than $4.49 so of course I grabbed it as my donation! You can check out my google + album to see my complete shop!

 Then I went home and started soliciting my neighbors. I originally wanted to do a food drive party but it seemed a little difficult to get everyone together since it was so close to the end of the school year. Instead I just asked everyone to drop off at least one healthy, kid centered food item. Unfortunately, I didn't have the turnout that I wanted but I figured I have the whole month so I can continue to collect more food. I'm just thankful for those who did donate.

So where am I taking the food?? Well, at first I was going to return to our awesome food bank that I had donated to before. It was a great experience for the kids and me and we've even been back to donate more food. However, I read an article in our local newspaper that made me think of another organization that would benefit more.

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I don't know how many of you are Extreme Home Makeover fans but the season premiere just happened to be in my city. We're a military town, Ft, Bragg, and there are an increasing number of homeless female vets and their children in the city. Barbara Marshall created Jubilee House to shelter these families but with such a large number of families she needed more space. Extreme Home Makeover chose them! You can see the before and after pictures above.* Now it's almost been a year since the house was built and Jubilee is starting to have problems. They rely solely on donations both monetary and physical and those Extreme Makeover houses can be pretty expensive. There was speculation that the house wasn't being run like it should and other issues. To make a long story short, even though there is a lot of controversy surrounding the organization, they still have families and they still need supplies. So I chose to give my small donation to them.

Only, I've had a few problems. It took me until this past weekend to get in touch with someone. Due to the issues that they are undergoing they didn't want pictures taken (the ones above are from the internet) but they were happy to receive a donation. So later this week, the kids and I are packing up to head over and drop off the goods. I'm hoping that with all the turmoil that this will be something to brighten their day. Stay tuned to see the end results of my story!!
AND if you want to help it's simple! Just head on out Buy 2, Give 1! It's the #PostCFK theme! You just buy 2 boxes of any post cereal; keep one for you and your family and donate the other to someone in need. To learn more and keep up with how this SIMPLE project is going follow Post on Facebook and Twitter. Also follow CFK on Facebook and Twitter to learn more about past and upcoming SIMPLE service projects.

*photo credits: Before picture of Jubillee House ABC 11 News WTVD/Jim Schumacher
                       After picture of Jubilee House
Disclosure: I am a member of the Collective Bias™ Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias™. #CBias #SocialFabric All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

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