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Throughout the month of August, Champions for Kids is partnering with Dole to encourage community projects across the country benefiting children in need. Called SIMPLE Service Projects, the idea is to host or organize an event to collect snack foods that you would then donate to a local organization that serves children in need, such as a food pantry, after-school program or daycare center.
For our Simple Donation Drive, I decided to focus on my son’s football team. It seems like we are always on the go from one sport to another. Two of my kids have started fall baseball and the other one practices for football plus scouts mixed in, we are busy every day. Since my son practices football with a lot of other grades in the same field, so we see a lot of kids on an almost daily basis. I wanted to have a mini food/back to school drive with my son who plays football just because that is where we see the most people. At first, I thought it would be a hassle, I really did. But I made it simple.
First, I got approval from the coach, because I didn’t want to interfere with practice. I knew that I wanted to donate locally to St. Vincent de Paul, which is a part of our church. We actually have three different schools that make up our football team, and St. Vincent de Paul is located at each of the parishes making giving to this organization a no-brainer! Second, I contacted St. Vincent de Paul to see what they had a need for and to make sure that they were accepting donations. Third, I sent an email to our team along with asking the coach to make sure it went out to the other coaches. My email was short and sweet and went out only a few days before and then again on Monday night as a reminder for Tuesday. I did make it either snacks or back to school supplies since some of our local schools have not started yet. Here is the email I sent: