I am one of millions, please join me! Together, WE can make a difference!
My son is outside from the moment he finishes breakfast until pretty much dinner time. He has a wagon filled with sporting equipment ranging from baseball, football, soccer, tennis, jump ropes and basketball gear. On the weekends, my husband and I enjoy taking him to local parks and/or schools so he can play on actual fields and courts. We bring along an array of equipment and also pack a healthy, nutritious picnic lunch which typically includes Odwalla juices! With Odwalla, we never have to worry about their products containing artificial colors, flavors, preservatives or genetically modified ingredients (GMO)!
Orlando has a high homeless population and poverty rate which sadly impacts children. Poverty is linked to poor nutrition and obesity. In many cases, foods that are not good for us cost less than healthier options. For many, food ends up being a choice (pay for rent/mortgage or eat). After speaking to a local food bank representative, I learned that 47% of the clients they serve are children! That is heart wrenching.
My goal with this Odwalla Game Day Challenge service project is to help local children who may not have the opportunity to lead a healthy lifestyle by playing sports and enjoying nutritious juice. I am currently working with the City of Orlando to identify a local community center or place that aids children and donate sporting equipment and Odwalla products.
My family enjoys being involved with local charities that aid children. We are firm believers if a child finds a sport they love, he or she will exercise more which builds the foundation for an active lifestyle (and keep them out of trouble). Also, by introducing Odwalla juice, kids will understand there are healthy and delicious hydration options.
My son and I jumped in our car eager to shop, we didn’t make a list we knew to follow our hearts. We drove to Walmart on a mission to grab Odwalla beverages and shop for sports equipment. Our goal was to buy brand new equipment at Walmart, then explore other options for acquiring gently used sports equipment to add to our donation stash.
We knew exactly where to find Odwalla since we frequently purchase it at Walmart (they have the lowest prices in town). We also like the variety they carry.
We grabbed one bottle of each flavor then made our way to Sporting Goods!
One thing we knew we wanted to include was baseballs! Nothing screams get outside and play more than baseball!
Walmart had a huge variety of youth sports equipment, so we selected baseball, football, and basketball gear. Here we are at checkout ready to purchase our items.
We feel confident this is a good start for our charity donation. Since I am a bargain shopper who hits yard sales and local thrift stores regularly, I am confident I’ll find gently used equipment to add to our donation pile for a fraction of the cost.
I’ll publish an update next month to share what we collected and identify who our deserving charity is.
You can follow our entire Walmart path to purchase Google+ album by clicking here.
I also encourage you to visit Champions for Kids at the following links:
- Website: http://championsforkids.org/
- Twitter Handle: https://twitter.com/#!/champions4kids
- Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ChampionsForKids
If you are in the Central Florida area and would like to donate gently used sporting equipment to some very deserving children, please contact me!
If you are one of millions, please leave a comment and tell me what you are doing to make a difference.
* This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias; however, all opinions are my own. #OdwallaCFK #CBias