There are people out there helping kids. They are getting them outside. They are teaching them to be a part of a team. They're showing them the benefits of working together. There's just one problem.
They need shoes. Specifically cleats. And they need balls and whistles and all sorts of things to make this happen. Time are tough. Donations aren't as frequent as they used to be. Programs like the Boys & Girls Club are having to work with less than ever.
This month Champions For Kids partnered with Odwalla to help. They're encouraging us all to participate in a Game Day Challenge-to collect sports gear and donate to a community organization that serves children. Because children deserve to play. The deserve to get outside. They deserve a chance.Last month I contacted my local Boys & Girls Club to see what was on their wish list. They were in need of footballs, whistles and cleats. Especially cleats. Children were wearing the wrong size shoes. They were making the best of it with limited resources. I was excited and I wanted to help. I asked around. I sought out gently used cleats to donate. No one had any available. That meant I was going to have to shop for everything.
I had some help. I got a little money from coworkers who wanted to contribute. I was feeling a little down because I had not been able to collect as much as I wanted. Your money can only go so far when you're shopping for cleats and footballs. I ended up with four pairs of cleats, three footballs, four whistles. I didn't think I was doing enough.
When I packed everything up and had an overflowing bag I felt a little better. But I still wished I had been able to get more. The kids deserved more. But I did what I could and headed out to the Boys & Girls Club to drop off my donation.
When I arrived they were so excited to see me. One of the employees ran to get the coach so he could meet me. They were so excited. SO EXCITED! You would have thought I brought enough gear to outfit the entire team from their reaction.
That's when I knew that it didn't matter how much I donated. It mattered that I donated. That was the important part. That was what this was about.
And that's what Champions for Kids SIMPLE Service Projects are all about. Doing something SIMPLE to help kids. It doesn't matter if you donate $1 or $100. One ball or a dozen. It matters that you do it. Because I'm one of millions. And millions coming together can change things. We can change the world.
Are you participating in this month's SIMPLE Service Project? Become one of millions. Become a champion for kids! (And don't forget to report back!)
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