A few days ago, I asked around to see who would be able to help me gather together sporting equipment for the Youth Center at the Miami Rescue Mission. Since I wasn’t able to get any items donated, I decided to take a trip to my local Walmart to purchase some items myself. I had a strict budget for my project, and I knew that Walmart was my best bet for getting the most for my money!
I am working on gathering this sports equipment for the Miami Rescue Mission’s Youth Center as a Simple Service Project organized by Champions for Kids, and sponsored by Odwalla.
The goal of this Simple Service Project is to supply sporting equipment to those who need them, because with childhood obesity on the rise, playing sports is a sure fire way to get kids active and healthier!
I chose the Miami Rescue Mission Youth Center for my Champions for Kids Simple Service Project because I feel that this organization is extremely important to our community. Not only does the Miami Rescue Mission provide excellent services to our community in general, but they go above and beyond to help the children who need it most. The Youth Center offers amazing programs to the children in the area, offering them a safe place to go and have fun, receive tutoring and also provides necessities for school!
I first came into contact with the Miami Rescue Mission as a teen, and now that I am older and more able to help a bit here and there, I have been keeping up with their needs by just checking their website every now and then. The Miami Rescue Mission is always working on something new, whether it be a toiletries drive for the homeless like their Hope Totes project, or their Thanksgiving in April project, which they just did last week. They provided food, baths and supplies for the homeless as well as tons of Easter baskets for the neighborhood kids! I love being able to help in any way I can, whether it be by donating clothing, food supplies and hygiene supplies for the homeless, or participating in Simple Service Projects like this sporting equipment drive being sponsored by Odwalla!
When I arrived at Walmart this morning, I found a ton of sports equipment in their Sporting Goods isles. Walmart had balls for each sport starting at just $5.96, with the most expensive being just about $25.00. I bought a basketball, soccer ball and football for the kids, because I know that sports play a huge part of the summer program at the Youth Center.
After I filled by cart with goodies for the kids to play with outside, I headed to the refrigerated isle for Odwalla drinks. Being healthy isn’t just about exercise – it’s also about eating right and getting lots of nutrition, which you can be sure you are getting when drinking Odwalla!
I also grabbed the Odwalla Mixed Berry Smoothie for myself. I was hungry! It was so good, and it was only 150 calories! I love when healthy things actually taste good, don’t you?
This was by far one of my favorite things that I bought today – it’s a long jump rope so that they kids can play fun games like double dutch! We always played games like that with the jump rope in recess at school and I have many fond memories of that, so I wanted the kids to have one too! You can check out my entire shopping trip at Walmart in this Google+ story to find out what other cool stuff I bought for the kids at the Miami Rescue Mission Youth Center!
Now I just have to figure out how to fit all of this stuff in the box so that I can take it to the Youth Center!
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