Monday, March 18, 2013

Keep the Kids Smiling! #Colgate4Kids

It's that time of the month again! Yes, time for another Champions for Kids SIMPLE service project. I love participating in these simple ways to give back to those in your community along with showing your children the importance of helping those who may not be as blessed as you.

This month the topic was a perfect one for my kids. It's all about dental health. In February both of my kiddos preschool classes participated in lessons and activities about proper dental health. One had a take home teeth brushing chart and the other even had a visit from a local dentist. The kids loved it and it's really helped with the age old chore of brushing your teeth twice a day in our house! Champions for Kids (CFK) has partnered with Colgate to help draw awareness to proper dental care by encouraging every day people, like you and me, to donate dental products for children (toothbrushes, toothpaste, etc.) to organizations in need. They have even helped to make donations easier by placing donations boxes in select Walmarts around the nation.

To understand how important dental health is check out this stat from the CFK project page:

Children living in poverty suffer twice as much tooth decay as their more affluent peers, and 
their disease is more likely to go untreated. Medicare does not cover most dental procedures 
(including routine check-ups), which means that these children are even more in need of basic 
dental care supplies like toothbrushes and toothpaste. 

After reading that I couldn't wait to get the kids to help me with this one. I headed to Walmart to see if we had a donation box. We didn't have a donation box but we did have an awesome Colgate Easter display! I personally add in a new toothbrush and toothpaste to my kiddos baskets every year so this was right up my alley!

I picked up several Dora the Explorer and Spongebob Square Pants toothbrushes and toothpastes (cartoon characters always make brushing more me)! Since it's Easter time I also decided to pick up a basket, with a little Easter grass, to put my donations in. I also printed out a few copies of the teeth brushing chart that my son used and placed them in the basket.

I decided the perfect place to make my donation would be our local WIC office since they cater to families with children ages 0-5. The program is not just about giving food to families who are in need, it's also about educating those families. Many people don't realize that part of the WIC process is making sure your child is getting the proper nutrition. The families have to come back several times throughout the year for checkups on the children and information on the proper foods the family should be eating. I thought it would also be nice to include in an incentive for proper dental care since it goes hand in hand with nutrition. I even printed up some teeth brushing charts to add with my donation!

I wasn't able to take pictures inside because they didn't want the clients to feel uncomfortable so we settled for a picture outside. I know it's not much but I also know that the program was happy for what I could donate. I think it's something I will try to do each year. The kids always enjoy helping out and it's a great learning experience for them both.

Participating in CFK SIMPLE service projects is easy. Just head on over to the CFK facebook page to learn more and see pictures of some great donations and ideas.

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®  Colgate and Champions for Kids #cbias #SocialFabric. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

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