Here in Miami, we are often unprepared when Winter arrives. We don’t always get really cold weather, so when we do, many people are without heating systems, warm clothes and the proper supplies to get them through the cold spells! We always make emergency preparedness kits for summers because of Hurricane season, so I know the importance of having emergency supplies on hand for little ones!
The Center of Disease Control recommends having a kit ready in preparation for any emergency that may arise. They recommend the kit include food, water, flash light, extra batteries, medications, first aid kit, sanitation and personal hygiene items, copies of personal documents, and other necessities.
This is why I am preparing an emergency preparedness kit (wow, it feels weird to say that outside of Hurricane season) in conjunction with Champions for Kids Simple Service Projects for my local homeless shelter that provides assistance to women and children in Miami. I recently read that over 9 million children suffer from non-fatal injuries each year, and accidents are the leading cause of death for children. Additionally, dangerous weather events cause hundreds of deaths and thousands of injuries every year!
I’ll be going shopping at Walmart this weekend with my daughter to pick up supplies and a pretty basket to deliver my supplies in when I visit Miami Rescue Mission next week. When I called the shelter yesterday, they told me what would be best to include in my emergency kit:
- first aid kits
- extra batteries
- bottled water
- non-perishables like granola bars and dried fruits
Have you heard about Champions for Kids yet? Champions for Kids works to mobilize MILLIONS of people by providing training and resources to improve the lives of children in communities across America and beyond. Our goal is to mobilize 20 Million people by 2020.
How To Get Involved
It’s easy to make a difference when you do a Simple Service Project with Champions For Kids. Gather your friends, family, and co-workers to help children stay safe and be prepared by putting together Care Kits for kids! Include items like band-aids, hand wipes, tissues, flashlights, extra batteries, and bottled water! Give the Care Kits to an organization in your community that serves children (like a school, shelter, religious organization, or nonprofit).
The Simple Service Project that I am doing is the Energizer Light Up A Life Simple Service Project! After I gather my supplies at Walmart this weekend, I will come back and share photos of my Care Kit! I feel really good about this and I am really excited to be working on this Simple Service Project with Energizer!
There will be a Twitter party on February 9th at 9 pm eastern time to talk more about this project with Champions for Kids and Energizer, and there will be prizes!