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Shoes that Fit – Giving Back Locally

This is a sponsored post in partnership with Rack Room Shoes, all opinions are my own.

While our kiddos may be worried about buying the trendiest backpacks and having the coolest new outfits for school, there are many children who are headed back to school with shoes that are old and worn or that just don’t fit well, or even worse they have no shoes at all.

This Back to School season, Rack Room Shoes is proud to partner with Shoes That Fit, a national non-profit organization that provides shoes to disadvantaged children. This program helps children in your community start the school year off on the right foot.

The more money that is raised, the more resources available to purchase shoes for needy students in your area.

 

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How you can participate:

  • Shop at your local Rack Room Shoes store for your family’s Back to School shoe needs.
  • Donate $5 or more in-store to the Shoes That Fit campaign to benefit disadvantaged children in your local community, or donate online.
  • If there’s not a Rack Room Shoes store near you and you would like to help another community click the link above to donate online as well.

In exchange for your donation, you will receive a special colorable Shoes That Fit tote bag. Color your tote bag with your children for a fun family activity and support your local community at the same time. This also provides your family with a great opportunity to talk about serving the community and helping others.

Miss A, Lil’ C, and I worked on their bags, had a chance to talk about children who are in need of good shoes for the school year. The girls decided to donate some of their own money to the Shoes That Fit Campaign to help other kids.

Here are their creations:

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Be sure to share your Shoes That Fit tote bag creations on social media and let others know about this great program that will offer children the opportunity to focus on their studies and not worry about what’s on their feet.

For more information on Rack Room Shoes and the Shoes That Fit program, check out their website, Facebook, and Twitter pages.

 

This is a sponsored post in partnership with Rack Room Shoes. The thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own, yours may vary.

Reasons to Teach Children to Feed the Hungry

I worked with The Motherhood on this post, sponsored by ConAgra Foods. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

If you read my last post on Steps to Help Feed Hungry Kids this Summer you know how many children who receive free or reduced lunch are missing out on those meals right now. If not it’s roughly 90 percent, meaning almost all children who count on those meals during the school year.

Aside from the obvious reasons to help feed these children, there are a lot of reasons to teach your children and involve your entire family in feeding the hungry. Wanna know what they are???

Reasons to Teach Children to Feed the Hungry #hungerfreesummer

 

1. Serving others teaches your children empathy. This character trait is so important in today’s society and can only be taught by, “putting yourself in other’s shoes” and one BIG way to do this is to serve others. In this case when your children collect food or purchase food and give it directly to a family in need they are seeing the result of their giving face-to-face. How impactful.

2. You will expand their worldview when you help them to think about others. When you are taught to do something for someone other than yourself you realize that the world is a big place with many different kinds of people. It’s good for us to think outside of ourselves.

3. You help them realize life isn’t always fair. When you serve you have the opportunity to open up communication with your child to speak about the fact that some people don’t have money or food and you and others do. This is a chance to let them know how life works and answer any questions they may have. You don’t always get rewarded for good behavior or punished for bad behavior in the real world, and unfortunately sometimes good things go unrewarded or sometimes even punished.

4. Hopefully, this will create in them a desire to continue to volunteer. Kids may not always love helping others out, but for some children this desire will be laid on their heart and they will in turn be excited to tell their peers or even invite their peers to help out. We have had friends whose children {on their own} have asked for charitable donations instead of birthday gifts, our family hosts lemonade stands to profit local causes. When kids get that giving is a good thing be sure not to put their fire out, hop on their train and be their #1 supporter.

Other like-minded parents and bloggers have joined in the effort to serve hungry kids this summer. In an effort to spread the word on social media we have a Pinterest board, “A Childlike Summer,” on the ConAgra Foods Feeding America page and I would love it if you would take a moment to check it out, there are some great ideas for helping and getting your family involved in something that may change your life and the lives of others.

Also I encourage you to watch this video – for every view, like or share of this Kid President video NOW through July 31, the ConAgra Foods Foundation will donate the monetary equivalent of one meal to Feeding America (up to 2 million meals):

 

 

And remember it’s never too young to start teaching your children to feed the hungry.

 

 

Have you volunteered yet? What benefits have you seen from volunteering with your children?

 

This is a sponsored post in partnership with The Motherhood. This message is important to me personally and I am honored to be able to pass on this information and truly encourage you to thoughtfully consider helping Feeding America and ConAgra Foods give kids a hunger-free summer. Thank you for your readership!

 

How to Teach Children about Global Ministry and Goodwill

Often times I hear the argument from people as to why we should bother helping people in our own countries when there are so many people struggling with poverty, healthcare, and other issues in our own nation.

Last I checked, no where in the Bible does it say that we are to only help those who are our neighbors. If we want to single out only those that are in other countries, what’s to say that we shouldn’t start segregating by gender, ethnicity, religion, age, and so on?

I enjoy helping people whether they live under my roof, are in my community, live in my state, have a home in America, or live on the same planet. For me the word “neighbor” isn’t specific to the zip code I live in.

One of the reasons I’m so passionate is because I love helping others. I hope that is evident by posts on volunteer projects with my family, working with a local domestic violence non-profit, and other events/things I don’t need to list out. I don’t help others only because I truly have a heart for others but because God commands us to help one another.

James 2: 14-17 says, “What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.”

Sure, we can memorize all the Bible verses in the world, and talk to others about our faith, but if we’re not putting God’s love and grace into action how are we truly reaching others?

How are we teaching our children about global ministry and goodwill??

Teaching our children about other countries and their needs whether they are preschool age or in college, we can all learn new things about what life is like around the world. In the Five-Day Experience your family can enjoy learning about Kenya. By taking 15 minutes a day, sitting down as a family, and participating in this devotional you’re offering your family chances to openly discuss, pray about, and grow a heart for neighbors in other countries.

I love this experience because it gives families personal stories of real people living in Kenya, fun facts about the country and then ties it in with a compelling bible verse. There’s also a student version available for bible studies and student groups.

How can we apply what we are learning?

One organization, Awana Clubs International, encourages families {and non-families alike} to help their neighbors by putting their faith into action. Right now in Kenya, Awana is reaching 122,000 kids, creating life-long disciples that will help transform their slums, neighborhoods, villages and cities. As you’ve seen in the news, Kenya is a place that needs hope, the hope of the Gospel, and that’s where you come in.

Through their current project, Not the End, you can purchase limited edition t-shirts for $15, where more than 40% of each purchase goes to helping fund training and further the reach of ministry in Kenya. To “sweeten the deal”, Crossway publishing company is donating a Bible for each shirt sold.

Not the End Awana Social Media Graphic

For many of these children, this Bible will be first one they may have owned. What’s even more incredible, if a person, family or organization sells or buys 30 shirts, their name will be entered into a drawing from which five people and a guest each will be selected to travel with Awana to Kenya in 2014 to minister in the slums of Kibera, do service work in an orphanage and distribute Bibles.

Buy your Not the End shirt HERE and change the world. Also make sure you follow We are Not the End on Facebook, Twitter and when you buy your shirt make sure to hashtag #wearenottheend

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I received a Not the End T-shirt and marketing materials and was asked to write about this project. I gladly agreed. My family and I love supporting great causes and if you see it posted on my blog it’s something that I stand behind or think you should know about. Thank you for reading and sharing!

Red Cross, CVS/pharmacy, MommyB Knows Best Service Day Recap

Thank you all for your thoughts and participation on the Red Cross, CVS/pharmacy and MommyB Knows Best Service Day! The day was a huge success, so many lives will be touched by the work that went on a few weekends ago and it definitely ignited a strong desire in my heart to continue to serve my community and others in this way.

CVS/pharmacy not only donated a large number of personal care and hygiene products, but with the help of the awesome people at Matter Communications we were able to connect and serve along with some amazing Red Cross of Charlotte volunteers.

Here’s my video recap of the days events and some pictures!

Red Cross CVS MommyB Knows Best Service Day

This day will certainly be one I won’t remember. I was able to vocally share my story of the devastating house fire my family lived through, which I haven’t done much in my life and even though tears filled my eyes and my voice wavered throughout I know that the more I tell my story the more lives will be touched, and the more awareness it will bring.

I feel so blessed to have been able to be a part of this event and am grateful for all the people who believed in me to organize it, but give all the glory to God. He is the one who not only saved me from the fire that day, but has given me new life in Him.

What are you and your family currently doing or plan on doing to serve others in your community or across the globe??

American Red Cross Charlotte, CVS/pharmacy and MommyB Team Up

I don’t really like fire.

When I was 5 years old, my first memory was a dream that I had. In the dream, I was very sweaty and hot and just couldn’t cool off. When I awoke from my dream I was surrounded by flames, my childhood home was on fire and my family was asleep.

Only by the grace of God, my mom and little brother {who was 2.5 years old at the time} and I were able to escape from our home. As we waited on the cold slate sidewalk, I remember hearing the sirens from the firetrucks. As a child I didn’t worry about what we didn’t have or where we would stay, but I guarantee you that was one of my mom’s biggest concerns.

I do however, remember that Red Cross was there for us. They provided us with the necessities and basics that were unsalvageable in the ash that had once been our home. I know that meant a lot to my entire family.

Flashforward to 2012, on a media trip to CVS/pharmacy headquarters, the bloggers in attendance were surprised with a Red Cross volunteer opportunity. This project gave us the chance to write notes, and pack necessities bags for families who have faced devastation and loss from situations like mine.

I was completely caught off guard with the volunteer opportunity and all of the memories from my house fire came flooding back. Although I was a little shaken up, I thought the best therapy for my soul would be to dig in and start packing up some bags for families in need.

While I was packing the bags it was laid on my heart that this project was something I wanted to continue being involved in, and also to use my online voice to encourage others to participate in.

Red Cross CVS MommyB Volunteer Day Collage

If you’re in the Charlotte area, I am asking you to please consider being a part of the Red Cross Volunteer Day sponsored by CVS/pharmacy partnering with MommyBKnowsBest.com

Volunteer Day will be a family affair (kids are welcomed) Saturday, August 24th 10:00am to 12:00noon, for more details and to RSVP head to the Facebook event listing here: https://www.facebook.com/events/564263416944352/ if you are not on Facebook but would like to attend please email me at mommybknowsbest(at)gmail(dot)com

Please also feel free to print, share, or post this flier online:

Red Cross CVS MommyB Volunteer Day Flier

If you are unable to attend the event, but would like to contribute, please consider donating to the American Red Cross on behalf of the CVS/pharmacy & MommyBKnowsBest.com event head HERE.

And as always thank you in advance for your support and prayers for this event and the people who will benefit from our help.