Our parish works with the St. Vincent de Paul Society, a charity which helps local families in need. Throughout the year they collect food, toiletries, and other essentials. We like knowing that the goods we donate are shared directly with families in our community.
The Champions for Kids organization was created with this same goal in mind. They help you give back to their community by offering needed resources and training.
When contributing to charitable organizations, people tend to think mostly in terms of food. I can’t imagine what it would be like to go to bed hungry. Especially as a child. However there are other issues that are often overlooked. Did you know that tooth decay is the most common childhood disease? Over 19% of children ages 2-19 have untreated cavities. It may not be a life threatening issue, but poor oral care can have damaging effects on a young person’s life. Not only physical pain, but in terms of self confidence as well.
Through the Spin Into Action Simple Service Project, Champions for Kids is encouraging people to donate oral care items to children in need. This is such a great idea, and a helpful reminder to think more broadly about what a young person needs to grow into a responsible, confident adult:
Gather your family, friends, and co-workers to provide toothbrushes, toothpaste, and other dental care items for children in your community! Give the dental care items that you collected to an organization in your community that serves children (like a school, religious organization, or nonprofit) so that kids in your community can celebrate with healthy smiles and happier lives!
Today, the little man and I went to shop for a few oral care items that we hope will help a few children in our area. We started at the usual place – Walmart.
My only disappointment was the lack of styles for girls in the store. When I went online, I had this one in mind. Emma loves her stickers, and what a way to get kids excited about brushing their teeth!
Thankfully, it’s much easier to convince a girl to use a boys brush than it would be to convince a boy to use a purple-y pink one. In the end I chose these three great battery-operated Spinbrushes by Arm & Hammer. One will replace Emma’s broken toothbrush and the other two will go to our charity.
I found some great toothpaste we found in the $2 bargain bin to be donated along with the brushes. I’ll also be cleaning out the toiletry closet in our bedroom – I know I have plenty of items that can be contributed to this important cause.
Next week, we will be donating these essentials to our favorite charity – St. Vincent de Paul Society.