As a former teacher, helping kids is second nature to me. When I see kids struggling in any way, I feel the need to lend a hand to make a difference in their lives.
My friend, Mrs. Funcia, is a 3rd grade teacher and has the same kind heart for children in need. Her school, Campbell Drive K-8 Center in Homestead, Florida, is in an area of Miami with 98% of the population coming from transient migrant families on the free or reduced lunch program. Many of the students barely eat when they are not in school. The stories that she shares about some of the kids in her school really break my heart. At the beginning of this school year, my kids and I partnered with Champions for Kids to donate school supplies to her classroom since we knew that the children would likely not come to school with basic needs met.
When I was approached by Champions for Kids again to set up a snack drive at Walmart for kids in need in my area, my thoughts went directly to the kids at Campbell Drive K-8 Center. Knowing that some of the children do not eat a single meal when leaving school really got to me, so I knew that if we could make even a small contribution to these kids’ health, then it’s what we must do.
Champions for Kids, General Mills, Kellogg’s, Emerald and Kettle Chips have joined forces to make it simple for communities to provide basic resources for students through in-store donations. The Snacks for Students program is part of SIMPLE Giving, a Champions for Kids program that seeks to make it simple for shoppers to purchase and donate items children need. All donations made in-store will stay in the local community and be distributed through school districts or youth-based organizations. In addition, Champions for Kids, General Mills, Kellogg’s, Emerald and Kettle Chips will provide 13 awards, totaling $45,000, to school districts and participating youth-based organizations based on the total number of donated items collected in each store.
I stopped by my local WalMart to pick up different snack items to donate to Campbell Drive K-8 Center. I purchased a variety of drinks and snacks that were healthy and fun. I knew the kids would love getting water bottles, juices, chips, animal crackers, fruit cups, cookies and cheese & crackers.
The kids’ in Mrs. Funcia’s class were so excited to get the snacks that I brought. With eyes wide, they all wanted to help pass out the fun treats and couldn’t wait to devour them. It really warmed my heart to hear the “thank yous” and the “wow, that’s all for us?!” I know they all appreciated the donation. Mrs. Funcia explained that if there were children who may not get the food they need over weekends when they are out of school for various reasons, she would stick some snacks in their backpacks to help out.
Want to help out a community in need? Check out the list of participating WalMarts where you can donate to Champions for Kids.