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A Father's View: Champions For Kids and RazorFest

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I am a very involved father. I don’t say that because there aren’t others dads out there just as in tuned with their kids as I am, because they are out there. The problem is our collective community still sees parenting as a female role and the father’s position as being one of provider and not hands on. There is  "Mother’s Day Out”, “Mommy and Me” classes, and the list goes on and on. Since there are not as many community supported ways for dads and their kids to get together in an organized way I am always on the lookout for opportunities to share space with my kids. Recently Champions for Kids, an organization our family has partnered with in the past, headed up RazorFest in conjunction with the University of Arkansas’ Red and White football game. My kids and I love the outdoors and frequently go on Sunday morning hikes and kick a soccer ball at our local park and RazorFest was a great opportunity to get out of the house on a Saturday and interact with other kids and families just like ours. Champions for Kids is an organization dedicated to helping the whole child from food to toothbrushes to school supplies. (Side note: shouldn’t it be teethbrushes? Just putting it out there.) Champions for Kids created a fun and intentional atmosphere for dads like me to have a place to take his kids for a fun and inviting morning and also a way to teach them about the needs of others. Isaiah plays a fun carnival game


Helping them understand that bringing an item with us to give to someone else because they don’t have enough takes it from the abstract to a real service project for our kids. Helping them to remember that it doesn’t take a lot or even something difficult to lend a helping hand to someone else is a great lesson to start out young with and allow for blossoming and growing as they get older.


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Wanna learn more about the simple service projects Champions For Kids creates? Check them out on Facebook , look for simple service project ideas at Champions For Kids, check out the RazorFest site and plan to attend next year, or Follow them on Twitter!




I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias®  and Champions For Kids #cbias #SocialFabric all opinions are my own.

Brace Face: Bright Smiles, Bright Futures with @ColgateSmile & Champions For Kids

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Jasmine with braces I was a brace face! I had braces. When people who know my story find out I had braces they look at me puzzled. A homeless kid with a struggling single mom who had braces? Yep. I did. "I want to tell you something," she said to me with a huge grin. " I talked to Dr. Kirkpatrick and he said he could do you and Isaiah's braces for free."  I started crying. I wanted a healthy and beautiful smile, but we struggled to have groceries on a regular basis, so asking my mom for braces was out of the picture. My godmother, Barbara was always working miracles like this for me and my brother. She bought me my first under wire bra and always had the most amazing hair care products to pass on to me. She knew that my brother and I never really had dental care and she had pulled some strings with her son's orthodontist.

I never realized, until after my braces were off, how important taking care of your teeth and your smile is. Self esteem and how you greet the world starts with your mouth. Your mouth is also the first thing people look at. More than social perception, dental/oral care is an indicator of where your heath is. In Arkansas more than half the children (400,000) live at or below the poverty rate.

Poverty means little things like oral health and hygiene get shoved to the side.

Realities like mine, and children in Arkansas, are the reason campaigns like Champions For Kids: Colgate "Bright Smiles, Bright Futures" are so important. CFK & Colgate are about making sure under privileged children get the resources they need to have the best futures; bright smiles included.  Champions for Kids has partnered with Colgate and Wal-Mart stores in the Central Arkansas area to bless kids with the tools for oral health! I headed to North Little Rock to check out one Wal-Mart and the donation drop off center.

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It was easy to find the donation drop off. Dora the Explorer and Spongebob Colgate welcomed me as I read the instructions on how to participate in this "simple service project".









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The donations given at the participating locations go directly to the school districts they are located in and directly to the hands of children who need them. I browsed the aisles and picked up a couple of toothbrushes and Colgate toothpastes to donate.


Not all of us can convince a orthodontist to donate braces to a needy child, but we can afford a few toothbrushes and some toothpaste...  What matters most is we care. Simple projects like picking up Colgate toothpaste and toothbrushes are easy and quick ways to help children in your community.

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To learn more about Champions For Kids and their Simple Service projects check out Twitter, or look them up on Facebook. Follow along with #Colgate4Kids or tweet Colgate at @ColgateSmile to see all the people participating with "Bright Smiles, Bright Futures." CFK is working to mobilize 20 million people by 2020 to become champions for kids!



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*I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study forColgate and Champions for Kids #cbias #SocialFabric, but all opinions are my own.

Odwalla Champion For Kids Game Day Challenge: Odwalla Ambush {Sponsored}

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I wrote about part 1 of the Odwalla Champion For Kids Simple Service Project that I did with my kiddos. We went to our local Wal-Mart and purchased some athletic equipment to donate to Northwest Arkansas Children's Shelter. We gave our items to Sadie, the awesome co-author of this blog, to take the NWA Children's Shelter (her day job!) The balls we purchased will go to kids who are not able to be with their parents due to legal reasons. Isaiah was particularly excited about picking out a basketball for the children to play with. He said, "Mom! Look at my crazy super excited face!"

We decided grabbing some cones and fun colored bouncy balls would be great for small kids. I'm thinking some Foursquare action! If you are interested in my shopping experience check out my Google+ Album


We also got Odwalla juice while shopping! This juice is stinkin' awesome! The bottle is eco-friendly and the juice puree is body friendly. I got really excited about this product. I have seen Odwalla, but I never tried it. Once I tried it, I was convinced that kids would love this product. My kids are already drinking puree juices, but I honestly never considered taking these juices to their sporting events and play dates. I always reach for *cough* those "traditional" juice drinks, like most moms on the go do.  Part of the Champions For Kids goal is to improve nutrition for children in the United States. Odwalla, one of the Champions for Kids "champions" is a product that provides better nutrition, a healthier alternative, to what most kids are consuming. I decided for the second half of my project I would head out to the ball fields and "ambush" some kids during their saturday games. I wanted to focus on kids making a healthy switch from standard chemical filled, reconstituted, from concentrate juice to VIBRANT and delicious Odwalla juice puree.



The ingredients in Odwalla aren't full of all sorts of frightening chemicals and additives. Odwalla also makes the point to provide their consumers with NON-GMO. This means no genetically modified ickies all up and through your lovely juice. This is a choice ANY mom can get behind.

Check out my video of kids trying Odwalla juice puree and their authentic reactions. If you are interested in Champions For Kids  , how to do a SIMPLE service project of your own or #OdwallaCFK Game Day Challenge check out the links. You can also follow Champions For Kids on Twitter and Facebook.



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