I’ve been thinkng of hosting a “monthly challenge” here on the blog. One I can do with my family, and also encourage my readers to do on their own… something that a) intentionally improves our family/personal life, or b) specifically helps improve someone else’s life. January just blew by (I am a looong thinker!), but I have the perfect idea for February, and I hope you’ll join me!
Remember my post about “Snowtober,” when we were without power for 8 days from a crazy out-of-season snowstorm!? Well… as winter progresses and we wait for that next big storm (hello?), I’m thinking about how to prepare better for another emergency. Turns out, I’m not the only one with winter safety on the brain:
Champions for Kids is an organization mobilizes MILLIONS of people to improve the lives of children. Their website features tons of Simple Service Projects you can do as a family, neighborhood, or school group. February’s feature is Energizer’s Light Up A Life Simple Service Project!
The Energizer Light Up A Life project is all about keeping kids safe during winter! Last October’s snowstorm put a lot of families and children at risk – power outages, lack of heat, food spoilage, no transportation and more! Nobody was thinking about winter safety in October, so I bet a lot of children had to endure stressful, even dangerous situations. Our week without power underscored the need for all families, and especially children, to be prepared for winter emergencies!
Our family keeps a “bug out bag,” or emergency kit stashed in our cars for situations like this, and we had plenty of camping gear (not to mention in-laws with power!) to get us through the outage. Not everyone was so blessed. I worried about kids home alone while parents were working that day – I can’t even imagine how scary that must have been! Wouldn’t it be nice if every child had a kid-friendly kit in case they found themselves home alone in the dark during a winter weather situation?
Over the next week, I’m assembling a Winter Survival Kit for an elementary/middle school child, and then I’m donating it to the Community Center at my local middle school – they work closely with families in my town to make sure kids get the resources they need, so I know they will put this kit to good use! Here’s some items I plan to include in my kit:
- Water bottle
- First aid (child appropriate)
- Hand sanitizer wipes
- Glow stick
- Hand/foot warmers (I’m a little concerned about smaller children having these though – have to check the packaging).
- Travel poncho
- Bright bandana (for visibility or head/ear cover)
- One-size mittens
- One-size scarf/hat
- Long-term food item (granola bars, dried fruit, hard candy)
- Emergency Whistle
- Face mask (in case of dust?)
- Comfort item (perhaps a mini card game or paper/crayons to entertain them while they wait?)
Please join me in this Simple Service Project! Here’s some ways you can get involved:
- Prepare a Winter Survival Kit for your children
- Talk to your kids about specific winter safety strategies
- Create a Winter Survival Kit and donate to a community organization or family in your area
- Bring stash of supplies to donate to an organization
Together, we can make a difference this winter (and I hope you’ll share your stories!).
What would you include in your kit!? I can always use more ideas before I go shopping!
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