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This week, my blog assignment is to write a letter to God about child sponsorship.

Dear God,

When I think about these children, I feel frustrated. I shrink back from the images of children who are hungry and dirty. I think about all the things I feel my own children need. Then I feel angry that I cannot do much. I worry about how to actually take away from my children, my family in order to help at all. I know, deep down, that if I just gave up some lattes, or did a better job juggling the shopping budget I might could help more.

I wonder why you do not suddenly produce a way to help more. Then, I remember that when we do help out, when we do tithe and give to others, there always seems to be little coincidences where we have enough. I know we are not to test you, Lord, but I do remember this and I know that you would make this all come out right in the end.

Of course, what is the end? What do we need to give up to make any difference? Many people are saying not much, if we all do a bit. I know many people honestly do not have that bit right now and I pray that you multiply for those who will care and share and make it possible for them to do so. I pray that you help me to find a way to gather resources together that can be offered to touch just one life. I pray that others may be able to do this as well. There are many children who have been waiting a long time for a sponsor.

Go take a look at the Compassion page.

#BagItForward donation preparation

I really like the idea of helping others. But…I am sooo busy!

I really am. And I am a homeschool, stay at home mom. I do not even have a 9 a.m. meeting or a child spitting up on me. (I do, at this exact moment have a dog throwing up somewhere, but I am not going to get that yet). I have something to share with you.

One thing that is making helping others easier for me lately are these Simple Service projects I heard about online with Champions for kids. Companies like Walmart and Elmers are giving loads of help as well.

This month I got a Bag It Forward Mission.

Grin. School supplies! I am such a geek and I love school supplies.

For this Bag It Forward mission I got to get some quality school supplies like Elmer’s items (and of course Perry stuff) at Walmart, and get some friends and neighbors to help me create a donation.

From there, all kinds of fun ensued. Seriously! I got to download a cute App, help children in need in two different ways, experience how much kids love to help and have a fun party experience.

You can see all that happened on my Google+ story here:

The first thing I did was go to Walmart and check out the Elmer’s 1st Day App. I found the carousel with supply lists:

Walmart school lists

Elmers 1st Day of School App

See the QR code?

This is a Free App for iPhone and Android. Just snap a picture, create a memory and share with your friends and family.

And, get this – you will also help children in need receive school supplies just by taking a picture!

So HOW exactly does this App really help others?

“For every picture uploaded with the 1st day app, Elmer’s will donate one product to the Kids in Need Foundation and is proud to help with a donation of up to 200,000 products.”

1st day app, Elmers

After downloading my app, I got to shop.

Em shopping school supplies

Bag It Forward with Elmers

My helper!

Bag it Forward donation

As we checked out, I thought about ways to collect extra donations from my friends, neighbors and family. My daughter and I were throwing a crafting party and it seemed perfect make this very personal to some of the kids and to ask them to bring some extra school supplies to donate!

I expected a few items, but the girls, ranging in age from 7 to 16, brought tons of things. I think kids are so generous. They often just need a little direction on how to help—even if my direction was just get some supplies. I love these Simple Service Projects.

I was so proud of the little girls who all took this so seriously. Not only did the girls bring many staple supplies, glue, paper, glue sticks, markers, crayons and binders, they also brought some fun supplies with Disney characters like Perry. I know those will make some little child smile!

#BagItForward donation

I was thinking of donating our supplies to the Boys and Girls Club close to me. But I walked into church this Sunday morning and saw that our church doing a Cherokee Ministry School Supply Collection (for the Cherokee Compassionate Ministries in North Carolina).

Cherokee Ministry Supply Collection

I immediately felt that this was the perfect way to share our donation. I cannot wait to tell the girls this is where our donation ended up!

You can also support The Bag It Forward Mission in your town.  Download the App and/or visit Walmart and pick up some great Elmer’s School supplies to donate to support the First Day App and the idea of helping other schoolchildren in need with the Bag It Forward project. Because EVERY child should have some special new supplies for back to school!

See Bag It Forward on Pinterest or visit Elmer’s: Elmer’s on Facebook and Elmer’s on Twitter

Where should you go to download the app?

The 1st Day™ app is available now for download on iPhone and Android mobile devices via QR (Quick Response) code scan; codes can be found on select Elmer’s glue bottles and will be displayed in stores where school supplies are sold.

Also, the app is available for download directly from the iTunes Store and Google Play or here: 1st Day App download

“I am a member of the Collective Bias™ Social Fabric® Community.  This content has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study forCollectiveBias™ and Elmers.  #BagItForward #CBias #SocialFabric.

Mrs. R at the local Boys & Girls Club!

I little bit ago, I blogged here about the Champions for Kids Simple Service Project for January, The Abbott Nutrition Pack a Snack. This simple service project for this month is to create a snack pack and donate the pack to be used by a hungry child.

For example, you could create a little snack pack and drop it off at a food bank or pregnancy shelter. Or, something like starting a food drive at your work by simply placing a box in a corner of the break room and delivering it to a local Boys and Girls Club.

For this project I was hoping to go big, you know…start some wonderful giant project. I did not do that. I did do my one small thing, though, and I hope it was a blessing to some little children.

As Abbott is the sponsor, we hit WalMart to buy Pediasure, SideKicks and Zone Perfect bars to add some protein in our packs. You can see my shopping trip on my google+ album! Or, watch this slideshow:)

There really are tons of ways to help, and for me, the secret is in the “simple” message.

We all want to do tons, I know! But, with our own families and busy lives, it is hard. At least it is for me. But this concept of doing one small thing…with millions of people doing it…well, I can do that!

My family and I talked about what we would do. My daughter has volunteered at a local Boys and Girls club near our town, and she thought it would be very helpful to do something for the little children at that club. I was proud she was thinking about them and told my husband. He then mentioned how I really like to talk about nutrition and that we should do little healthy packs for the children, maybe let them decorate their packs with stickers and include activities.

We included some Pediasure, Zone Perfect bars, stickers and coloring sheets, word find...and organic lollipops for good measure!

Yes, my family is awesome! I loved my husband’s idea, so we went with that. We worked on this as a family and set up a dozen little packs for the k-1st graders and spoke with the Club director, Mrs. Regina. She was a love and was glad to do whatever to help, and said she’d love to do a little healthy class with the kids, let them design their bags and talk about proteins. She also said many of the kids could use the nutrition as this club serves a low income area.

My husband met with her and dropped off the packs and came home very content. He then mentioned that maybe we should try to get something started like the backpack program to help this B&G club. So, we’ll see where we go with this. I want to be careful not to overpromise, but I know my husband is already thinking about putting a donation box in his break room at work.

It seems so true, that once you notice something, you see it everywhere, and these simple service projects have made us, as a family, more aware of our surroundings.

Want to help? You can easily do a Simple Service Project in your town! Click here to see the Champions For Kids Simple Service Project page here.

Join in the Abbott/Champions for Kids Twitter party, January 19th at 9:00 pm EST.

Thank you, Champions for Kids and Abbott!

“This shop will be compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias.  I have given my honest opinion and I am pleased to be affliated with Champions For Kids!”  #CBias  #AbbottCFK

A few days ago in my local Giant Eagle, I watched a couple with a small child carefully checking coupons and doing the math for a very scant meal in their cart. I was ashamed of my full cart as their child stared at my cart, and my child holding candy. I knew just from the expressions on their faces that they were hungry.

In another aisle I saw a tired looking older woman, with a teenager, again with very few, cheap (unhealthy, I’d add) items and a look of despair. This is a hard time.

I came home to an email in my box about the Champions for Kids Simple Service Project for January, The Abbott Nutrition Pack a Snack.

Talk about appropriate for right now! This project has me researching ways to really help fight hunger in my own community.

From Champions for Kids, I had already heard that more than 16 million children under age 18 are unable to eat healthy, consistent meals. That number includes 3 million children under the age of five.

I went to google some statistics in my area. I see from our local Food Bank that

“Over 1 in 10 in the region—can’t take their next meal for granted. And 4 in 10 of these are children.  Those who receive food include the most vulnerable in our communities – children, the elderly, struggling families, the working poor, people with disabilities and the homeless.  They are hungry because they’ve run out of good options. So they cut back, miss meals, and make the food they have last as long as possible.”

And, these who are hungry are from all walks of life. Quiet children in classrooms are turning to teachers for food, a co-worker who rarely eats lunch is a father who must choose between food or paying bills.

So there is all that.

On top of all this, you all know I am a whole food and organic foods proponent. There is no doubt in my mind that people in need are rarely able to procure healthy foods.

And, while children are developing, healthy foods are so important! Their little systems need nutrition to help them learn and grow, even to fight infections.

Abbott, a sponsor for the January Champions for Kids Simple Service Project, has some nutritional products that could benefit these children, including Pediasure, Pediasure, SideKicks and Zone Perfect bars. People around the nation will be creating snack packs and donating them to children and appropriate agencies everywhere!

For example, you can create a little snack pack and drop it off at a food bank or pregnancy shelter. Start a drive at your work by simply placing a box in a corner of the break room and delivering it to a local Boys and Girls Club.

I really like these Simple Service Projects, because, frankly, they are not intimidating. You can do a small thing that makes a huge difference without taking away from your own family and responsibilities.

Want to help? You can easily do a Simple Service Project in your town! Click here to see the Champions For Kids Simple Service Project page here.

My daughter has volunteered with our local Boys and Girls Club in the past. She was upset by some of the hunger issues she saw with the children. So, I was excited when she wanted to help!

So…our plan is to shop Walmart and create some Abbott Nutrition Snack Packs for the children in K and 1st. Then, we will get some cute little white bags and healthy food stickers and create a coloring sheet with healthy food options, so the kids can have a healthy snack while designing their bags and learning. We will bring these to the club and deliver them to the Director, Mrs. R.

I can’t wait to post pictures and such about how this goes. And, please let me know if you sign up and do a Simple Service Project!  Just go to for more information. You can also find them on The Champions For Kids Facebook wall and on their Twitter Page.

Join in a Abbott/Champions for Kids Twitter party, January 19th at 9:00 pm EST.

“ This shop will be compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias.  I have given my honest opinion and I am pleased to be affliated with Champions For Kids!  #CBias  #AbbottCFK

Mark your calendars!

The Disney Champions for Kids Twitter party sponsored by Collective Bias, will be the night after I finish our Champions giving project! The kids from our small group are so excited to go to Walmart and choose Disney items for a little girl they actually know, whose Mother is fighting a chronic disease. I am getting into the fun of it, by not being bossy and seeing what the kids come up with…

Come join in the fun of chatting about giving at the Twitter party!

The Official Word from Jessica at Found the Marbles:

“When: Thursday, December 15th at 9:00 pm EST 

Where: On Twitter, of course.  Please follow the hashtag #DisneyCFK or use this custom TweetGrid: http://goo.g/ui9KZ

Who: Please follow @FoundtheMarbles and @LaurenRodkin

Prizes:  Of course there will be prizes!

(2) $25 Walmart Gift Cards

(1) $50 Walmart Gift Card

(1) $100 Walmart Gift Card

Please RSVP using the linky below (enter the URL to your Twitter profile) to be eligible for a prize. All winners will be chosen using from the RSVP link. Winners must be present and participating in the party at the time that they are drawn as a winner!

RSVP below for a chance to win prizes during the party! Click “add your link” and then fill out the short form.This is a Blog Hop!”

Baskin Robbins Treats!

Heather —  May 22, 2009

Nothing like soft serve on a warm Spring Day to start a holiday weekend! Baskin Robbins continues to have some great specials this week–most stores are still having the .31 cent soft serve cones until May 25th, and today I got an email with a coupon for BIGI 31Below(tm)–this is a soft serve treat with candy & cookie mix-ins:)

Sign up for their Birthday Club and choose to get these coupons!

PS: Baskin Robbins has also paired with–if your teen signs up to volunteer, Baskin Robbins will send them a coupon for a free soft serve this summer (& maybe more goodies!) Go Here:)