This is one of my favorite projects this summer! Rachel and I teamed up with Kellogs and Champions for Kids to organize a little book drive in Rachel’s neighborhood. We then donated all these books to a local adoption agency that works with foster children. I have a passion for books. Rachel is a former foster parent. This project could not have married our joys better.
I participate in this program on behalf of Champions for Kids and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own.
Champions for Kids gave me and Rachel one challenge – join them to donate books to a local organization. Any organization. Rachel’s eyes lit up when she knew exactly where to take the books.
When she was a foster parent, she remembers taking her children to a room where they were allowed to “go shopping” for books and toys of their own. These were all donated and this was always a special time for the kids, who often came to her house with very little of their own things.
Here is Rachel’s side of the story, in her own words:
“I am so excited to get to be part of a book drive for local foster children. As a former foster parent, I know the value of a foster child getting to call something their own. Some of these books will become treasures for children who have very little personal possessions. Best of all, these books serve a greater purpose, supporting the love of reading, enabling foster kids to relate to characters and in turn be able to cope better with their own challenging life situations. Reading aloud with a supportive adult also encourages bonding and attachment, which at-risk children need so desperately.”
What is Champions for Kids?
Champions for Kids is a non-profit that seeks to meet the needs of kids. Period. That is what they do, and they do all they can to meet as many needs as possible.
On their website, they state their values:
All children should have:
Someone who cares
A place to belong
Hope for tomorrow and provisions for their journey.
Isn’t that beautiful? And right now – from July 18 – August 18 – Champions for Kids is partnering with Kellogg Company to encourage #Fuel4School community projects across the country benefiting children in need. Called SIMPLE Service Projects. Rachel and I donated books to an adoption agency. You can collect and donate books to a local emergency shelter or library.
If you love chatting on Twitter, you can help Kellogs and Champions for Kids spread the word about this nationwide project. And yes, there are prizes! Details are below:
When: Monday, August 4, 2014, at 1p ET / 12p CT / 10a PT
Where: We’ll be on Twitter – follow the #SIMPLEGiving hashtag to join the conversation. You can see the details and RSVP via this invitation: http://bit.ly/1zCig4g
Prizes: Five prizes will be given to randomly selected participants who answer the trivia questions correctly. Each prize includes a $50 Walmart gift card.
Hosts: @theMotherhood, @theMotherhood25, @CooperMunroe, @EmilyMcKhann
Get a free book or donate one to the school of your choice! Choose from more than 50 Scholastic books, including bilingual titles, for children of all ages. Follow these simple steps:
- Look for a code inside specially marked Kellogg’s® cereals and other Kellogg’s® products sold at Walmart.
- Enter the code online.
- Order your free book or choose to donate it to the school of your choice.