Fuel Their Passion! Be a Champion for Kids!

A couple of weeks ago, I was approached by my friends at Collective Bias who have partnered up with Abbott Nutrition to spread the word about the Champions for Kids Simple Service Projects.  

Like I told you, I’ve really fallen short on my giving as of late.  I have disappointed myself because I haven’t been giving back to my community and I plan on rectifying this in 2012!

I am thrilled to be participating in and promoting the Abbott Nutrition Champions for Kids Campaign.  This has started my year off on the right track!  My simple service project was incredibly SIMPLE!

My task?  LEARN, GATHER, GIVE!  Sounds easy enough right?  Well, that’s because it really IS that easy!  
The premise behind this simple service project is also very simple.  You see, way too many children these days are food insecure.  Meaning, they simply don’t know where their next meal is coming from.  And is that meal going to be healthy?  Probably NOT!  So my assigned project was to provide healthy snacks to those in need, those food-insecure children, within my own community!

LEARN:  My first task at hand was to identify an organization in my community where I felt my Abbott Nutrition Pack a Snack would do the most good.  So I researched, called around, and decided upon The Resource & Crisis Center of Galveston County, Inc. for many reasons.
The RCC Mission
“The mission of the Resource and Crisis Center of Galveston County is to promote the safety, well-being, and best interest of victims of family violence, sexual assault, and child abuse and to advocate for the prevention of such crimes.
I must admit, making initial contact with this organization was tough for me.  Not because they weren’t accessible, but because I was nervous.  This is such a touchy subject for me, and I am a very emotional person.  But I did it!  I picked up the phone and my fears diminished as I explained to a wonderful woman, Samantha Coats, my plight.  She was very receptive, energetic, and passionate about her organization.  She informed me that the battered women’s shelter currently houses 6 children.  Donations, big or small, are always welcome.  So I had chosen the organization and was ready to move on to the next step!

GATHER:  Bubby and I headed to Walmart to pick up our Pack a Snack supplies and do some grocery shopping of our own.  He helped me pick a variety of HEALTHY drinks and snacks, including Abbott Nutrition Zone Perfect Bars, Pediasure, and Pediasure Side Kicks.  

With our buggy full, we headed home ready to put our pack together and make our donation!
While driving home, and while putting up all of our groceries, I realized that we could/should do so much more for these kids!  There were SIX of them.  They don’t have a “home”.  
We are not a wealthy family by any means, but we have so much, and these children have NOTHING!

We ended up with the food items we had purchased, as well as a tote full of slightly used children’s clothes, toiletries, and other items I had found on a “wish list” on the Resource & Crisis Center website.  NOW we were ready to GIVE
It was a particularly cold day on the island, so I left the babies at home (because I have that luxury) with B, and headed off in search of the Resource & Crisis Center where I would meet up with Samantha, and she and I would head over to the shelter together. 
While at the shelter, I had an incredibly interesting conversation with an amazing group of ladies that GIVE of themselves every day in an effort to help others!  They are indeed the true Champions for Kids, and I feel honored to have met each and every one of them.  
Samantha and I at the shelter with my Abbott Nutrition Pack a Snack donation.
These ladies, along with the Abbott Nutrition Champions for Kids Campaign, have inspired me to be a more giving, loving, and helpful “me” in 2012!  And I am thrilled that I was able to help in this little way, and I promised them I’d be back!  This is my new organization of choice, and the babies and I will keep supporting them in every way possible way!  Unfortunately, these problems will not go away, but fortunately these battered women have a place to turn to with their children.  How can I not support them when my life is so blessed?

You can see the entire experience in photos by visiting my Google+ Album if you are interested.

Now I challenge YOU to be a Champion for Kids!  Join the movement!  Start giving!  You can give a little, or you can give a lot!  Random acts of kindness.  You never know whose life you might change!  It really is THAT simple!

Disclosure:  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias.  All ideas, opinions, and photos are entirely my own. #AbbottCFK #CBias #ChampionsForKids

No, But You Can Have My Heart

B and I have an odd relationship.  We pick on each other way too often.  We love each other way too much.  
A month or so ago, he was on yet another fishing trip here on the island.  The babies and I decided to stop by and visit.  While we were walking down the pier, I saw him walking our way.  I was excited.  He was coming to greet us!  NOT!  He was headed to the port-a-potty!
He hadn’t even seen us until we passed him and he explained where he was headed.  DOH!  So as he visited the “john”, the babies and I enjoyed the beauty of the ocean.  I was snapping pictures and they were running and playing.  
On his way back through, he startled me by hugging me from behind.  I said, “How is your boyfriend today?”.  To which he replied “He’s fine, thanks for asking.”.  So I said, “Can I have his number to find out what he has that I don’t?”.  I expected another smart-ass reply.  But instead, my rarely-romantic husband said “No, but you can have my heart” at which time he handed me a glass heart.  
On his way back from the potty, he found a glass heart on the beach and he placed it in my hand.  I will cherish that heart forever (both his and the little token).  You see, it’s the little moments and the little treasures that make my world go round!  
I’m forever grateful to have his heart!

I Admire the Beauty and Power of the Ocean

I know, I know…you know I live on an island and I love it here!  I have been posting a lot of photos from my island lately and I would apologize, but I’m really not sorry and hope that you never get tired of it’s beauty either!
I just truly admire the beauty and the power of the ocean.  I am drawn to it.  I am in constant awe.  And this time of year, our “Fall”, is the best time to enjoy its phenomenally breath taking awesomeness!  
The waves are in turmoil, they crash, then they settle.  The ocean mimics life (or possibly life mimics the ocean).  Either way you look at it, the beauty of the ocean and the beauty of life are to be savored and enjoyed!  Do not take either for granted!  The ocean will be here tomorrow, but the beauty that is your life may not be! 
Enjoy every moment, love feverishly, dance often, and enjoy the waves!