I’ve worked on a number of Champions For Kids projects in the past couple of years. I really believe in this organization, because it shows how we can take small steps to do SIMPLE Giving service projects to help out the kids in our community.
This week I was delighted to participate in a personal-care SIMPLE Giving project through Champions For Kids, Kimberly-Clark and Unilever. Especially during this time of year, food drives are everywhere. This is a great thing, because food insecurity is a serious problem in this country. But sometimes we forget that there are other needs as well. Families who qualify for SNAP benefits often struggle to get items like soap, shampoo and antiperspirant, because SNAP doesn’t help pay for these items. Take out other expenses like rent, utilities and transportation, and even the most basic self-care items are left out of the budget.
Through Nov. 11, 2013, Walmart stores will have a donation bin for this drive. These bins are right near the entrance, and are attached to or near pallets stocked with Unilever and Kimberly-Clark items to donate. Items like Dial Soap, Cottonelle FreshWipes and Kleenex tissues.
When I arrived at my local Walmart store, I saw the donation box, but the pallet was empty. This can happen if other customers have purchased the items ahead of you. But not to worry!
I headed to the personal care section of the store to pick out some items for the drive. I was on a $25 budget and wanted to get the most out of my purchase.
One thing I loved about these Dial three-packs was that they were enough for a family to go through for a little while, and by purchasing them in multi-packs I was able to save some money. The $1.97 was very budget-friendly. I am ALSO very glad that Dial has broadened its variety from the orange antibacterial soap our parents used to many different types of soap. I picked up one each of the AntiOxidant and the Coconut Water soaps for donation.
If you’re on a budget or you want to get as many items to as many kids as possible, I suggest the travel section. I found tons of Tresemme shampoos and conditioners for only 97 cents!
And we mustn’t forget the Kleenex travel packs! These bundles of three were available for 97 cents each in the travel section. Every kid needs one of these!
Unilever also has travel-sized Degree antiperspirant in this section. A great help!
I headed over to the paper-products section of the store and picked up some Cottonelle Freshwipes, as well as some full-sized boxes of Kleenex. I’ll show you what I managed to purchase for around $25 again:
This is enough to get one or two families some products they need. I purchased these items and placed them in the bin as I exited the store.
To see what others participating in this campaign have purchased, check out this Simple Giving Pinterest Board for ideas.
The bins will be in stores through Nov. 11, 2013 for you to get out there and do some SIMPLE Giving.
Are you participating in any donation drives right now? Do you donate personal care items to local schools and charities?