Energizer Light Up A Life Champions for Kids Campaign #EnergizerCFK, #CBias, #ChampionsForKids

When I meet someone new and mention I live in Orlando, they immediately comment on how lovely it must be to have nice weather year round. While we do experience warm weather most of the year, the reality of it is that Orlando also experiences freezing temperatures during Winter months and inclement weather throughout the year (e.g. hurricanes and tropical storms).

While our winter may not last for months, just a night or two of freezing temperatures can make our local homeless shelters fill up quickly. I live in downtown Orlando so I see first-hand that homelessness is a major problem and it does include children! Just driving by or walking through the city, I see homeless people claiming their spots out of the wind and hunkering down with whatever types of blankets or items they can find to try to stay warm.

With that said, I am proud to support the Energizer Light Up A Life Champions for Kids Campaign, which is an effort to start an epidemic of giving to children in communities across the nation. My goal is to help at least one homeless child survive a night of freezing temperatures!

Did You Know?
• Over 9 million children suffer from non-fatal injuries each year, and accidents are the leading cause of death for children. Additionally, dangerous weather events cause hundreds of deaths and thousands of injuries every year.

• 70% of power outages in the U.S. are weather related. Numerous power failures are caused by natural weather phenomena such as lightening, rain, snow, ice, wind, and even dust.

• The Center of Disease Control recommends having a kit ready in preparation for any emergency that may arise. They recommend the kit include food, water, flash light, extra batteries, medications, first aid kit, sanitation and personal hygiene items, copies of personal documents, and other necessities.

I knew immediately I wanted to help Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida. This organization is the largest provider of homeless services in Central Florida! The Coalition serves nearly 600 men, women and children every single night.

Check out these statistics from Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida about how they helped our community last fiscal year.

  • Provided over 245,000 nights of shelter.
  • Provided nearly 79,000 nights of shelter to children.
  • Served more than 300,000 meals.
Here are some additional statistics about homeless children in Florida (stats are from The Displaced).
  • There are 49,885 school-aged children homeless in Florida.
  • 20,952 are children under the age of 6.
  • There are 23,404 homeless Florida students enrolled in grades K-8 (children not enrolled in school are not counted).
  • There are 5,530 homeless Florida students enrolled in grades 9-12 (children not enrolled in school are not counted).
  • The high school graduation rate for homeless students is less than 25%.
  • Central Florida saw a 20% increase in homeless women and children in the past year.
I am excited to take my son shopping at our local Walmart and purchase items for our Winter Survival Kit. My initial thoughts are to include:
  • A blanket
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Non-perishable, healthy snacks
  • Bottled water
  • First aid kit
  • Antibacterial hand wipes
  • Tissues
  • Socks
  • Sunscreen

What else should we include in our Winter Survival kit? I’d love your thoughts and feedback.

While donating one kit to Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida doesn’t seem like much, it will help at least one child survive a freezing night (we experienced two nights of freezing temperatures just last week).

Together, WE can make a difference!

Will YOU join me and keep a child safe?

I encourage YOU to bring much needed survival and safety items to organizations that help children in need. Contact local churches, organizations such as The Salvation Army, family shelters, etc. Even small gestures of kindness can make a big difference! Sometimes we take for granted how blessed we truly are, but when we sit back and picture a child shivering in the cold without a warm bed to snuggle up in, it truly is heartbreaking.



* This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias; however, all opinions are my own. #EnergizerCFK #CBias #ChampionsForKids



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9 Thoughts to “Energizer Light Up A Life Champions for Kids Campaign #EnergizerCFK, #CBias, #ChampionsForKids”

  1. Epidemic of giving! Love it!!!! 🙂
    Your thoughtful Care Kits sound perfect! I think it’s wonderful that you are thinking to include sunscreen!

  2. So true that people think of Florida as nice year-round. I actually do it myself. LOL.

    Your kits sound amazing and the recipients will be so lucky to receive.

    PS Aren’t these projects just amazing and fun!?

  3. Florida is nice most of the year, but we still have a few days of pure agony with freezing temperatures that no one is prepared for. I shiver just taking my dog out on those days, and I am blessed to come back inside a warm home. I cannot imagine sleeping on the streets and if I try to picture a child doing it, my heart literally breaks.

    I LOVE these projects, I wish I could do more to help (especially for the children), so hopefully readers will also be motivated to make a difference and create a kit or two. Every little bit helps.

  4. Like most I think that Orlando is sunny and warm year round too, but having been there I know that it isn’t. It’s just that you don’t hear much of the bad weather stuff unless it’s horrible!

    Have fun making your kits! I’ll be starting mine tonight!

  5. Thanks Jackie. I cannot wait to read all about your charity and kits!

  6. I love this! Your stats tugged at my heart strings. I can hardly stand the thought of children being homeless. I know its a horrible reality though and so happy that you are giving back to those in your community.

  7. Thanks Christy. That stats are unbelievable, aren’t they?! I’m with you, the thought of an innocent child being homeless just makes my heart ache. I am hopeful that my kit will help at least one deserving child. This will be the first of many ways I give back to this organization and my community.

  8. I also created a kit for a homeless shelter, I find that the shelters are so appreciate of anything – every bit helps!

  9. […] Jessica at The Unemployed Mom lives in Orlando where freezing temperatures fill up her local homeless shelters very quickly. She decided to create her emergency kit for the  Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida. Her survival kit is going to include blankets, flashlights, batteries, bottled water, and antibacterial hand wipes. Find out more about the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida and Jessica’s kit to help them at The Unemployed Mom. […]

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