I haven’t had the time to be involved with Champions for Kids the last few months but if you are a long time follower of The Gunny Sack, you will remember my previous SIMPLE Service Projects. Champions for Kids has a goal to mobilize 20 million people by 2020 to ensure that kids have resources they need to thrive!
I am excited to tell you that I am involved in the July SIMPLE Service Project: Spinbrush Spin Into Action which is all about children’s dental care. My daughter plans to enter the dental assisting program next year as a high school senior! I am so proud of her and this is the perfect opportunity for our family to get involved in helping with something that is important to us.
A Few Facts About Children’s Dental Health:
- More than 19% of children ages 2-19 have untreated cavities
- Tooth decay is one of the most common childhood diseases.
- Kids living in poverty are twice as likely to suffer from tooth decay which is often untreated.
- Children with untreated oral diseases suffer with pain, inability to eat comfortable or chew well, embarrassment of discolored or damaged teeth and all of those things distract them from playing and learning.
I have always tried to instill the importance of dental hygiene in my children but unfortunately some of my kids have needed dental work. That is all the more reason to get them excited about taking care of their teeth. One way to do that is to buy them a toothbrush that they think is cool! We went to Walmart and I let my kids pick out their own Spinbrush. Since my girls have all of their adult teeth and Zack only needs a couple more, they each chose an adult Spinbrush.
Vanessa wanted to donate a Captain America Spinbrush and Zack wanted to donate a Spiderman Spinbrush but they settled on a My Way! Spinbrush. The My Way! Spinbrush comes with stickers so the child that receives it can decorate the brush however they want. You can see our whole shopping trip in my Google+ album.
Here are my kid’s Spinbrushes along with the items we purchased to donate. I plan to make a toothbrushing chart and put the items in gift bags that I will give to our local food shelf. I chose the food shelf because they help children in so many ways. It isn’t only about the food but they also have toiletries, clothes, toys and household supplies. We live in a small town and I like that this donation will be going directly to the children of our town. But before making my donating I am going to ask family and friends for donations. I will do another post soon about the donation.
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