Shortly after school started I had the pleasure of working with Champions for Kids by donating much needed school supplies to my son’s Early Education Center. Being a parent in one of the St. Louis School Districts that took on a number of students from unaccredited schools this year, I feel it is important to do what we can for the children within our community and those that need our help. Regardless of the situation, the location of your school or whether you have children in attendance, supporting the future of our communities is incredibly important. Now Champions for Kids has come up with an initiative called SIMPLE giving, which offers everyone a chance to do a little something for the greater impact.
SIMPLE giving is a program that makes it simple for you to donate necessary items at your local Walmart by making them readily accessible and affordable, as well as making the donation convenient. Certain Walmart locations around the Midwest have Champions for Kids pallets that contain items to donate to the local school children. Last spring they donated toothpaste and toothbrushes in 24 Walmart stores and in September, Walmarts in AK and MO had back-to-school snacks available to donate. That specific donation alone supported 68,000 children.
Today, in 350 stores in the Midwest, there are the Champions for Kids purple pallets that contain personal care items, such as Kleenex, Degree and Suave.
I was actually really happy to see that a lot of the items were already gone from our Champions for Kids pallet! We had went to a few of the Walmarts in our specific school district, but they were still preparing set up. So we traveled a little away to help out the Ft. Zumwalt community.
My husband and my tot came with. We had first went to see the Cars cars of course and then picked up the items for the school. I think it is important, if you have children, to show them ways in which they can support their peers. Teaching children to be kind, to give out of goodness and to support the people around them is just good parenting.
We chose some items from the Champions for Kids pallet and put them in the cart. Once you purchase the items, you can then simply walk over and put them in the donation bin. Since the Kleenex at our store was only .96 cents, it definitely isn’t something that is going to put a hole in your pocket.
What happens to the items once you have donated them? A school nurse will distribute the items to the school location where the donations were retrieved. The Walmarts stores that are participating are located in in IL, MO, AK, KS. You can find out which locations by visiting Champions for Kids Simple Giving.
I really encourage those of you in the St. Louis and surrounding area to find a Walmart close to you on the location list and to help out. So many of our schools this year took on a great deal of extra children; most of which are in need. I know personally that these Walmarts have currently, or will have, the Champions for Kids donation bins out.
- Veterans Memorial Pkwy in St. Peters, MO (Frances Howell R-Iii)
- Jungerman Rd in St. Peters, MO (Frances Howell R-Iii)
- Hwy K in O’Fallon, MO (Ft. Zumwalt R-Ii)
- Dardenne Prairie, MO (Ft. Zumwalt R-Ii)
- Lindburg in Florissant, MO (Hazelwood School District)
- W Florissant Ave St. Louis, MO (Jennings)
- Telegraph Rd in St. Louis, MO (Mehlville R-Ix)
There are locations all over MO from Columbia, Bowling Green, Troy, Hannibal to St. Joseph and Kansas City. The list will help you in seeing which district the donations are being collected for if you want to choose by school. Otherwise just picking up a few boxes of tissues and deodorant for any school location that happens to be at the Walmart you are shopping at would be a blessing.
You can find out more information about Champions for Kids by Liking their Facebook Page and following along at @Champions4Kids on Twitter. See what others are doing around the Midwest and share your story by visiting hashtag #SimpleGiving or by checking out the Pinterest Page!
Many thanks to those of you helping out the schools in our home state Missouri. I hope you share with your friends and families the little ways we can all help out and the great impact that Champions for Kids is making in our communities.