Libraries are still relevant

Libraries are still relevant

by Kristen Martin I push against the tall doors, almost too heavy for me, when I see rows of shelves teeming with books! Books of every color and size with bright pictures or noble bindings. Then I am told I can pick out five to take home with me. I can barely believe the world I’ve just walked into. I received my very first library card and felt like a grownup with a credit card. I had the power to…

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What it means to help a child and why it matters in 9 quotes

What it means to help a child and why it matters in 9 quotes

Anyone who does anything to help a child in his life is a hero to me. — Fred Rogers, television personality and educator Children are the world’s most valuable resource and its best hope for the future. — John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the United States Not a day passes, but I get a letter from a child. … I answer every one personally. When I was a child I know, if I had received a real letter from…

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Fighting Hunger in Every Community

Fighting Hunger in Every Community

by Kristen Martin When I arrived at the Pine Bluff Convention Center Tuesday morning, I found a long line of residents waiting for their chance to receive a bag full of chicken. The Delta Network Food Bank received a truckload of Tyson chicken as a result of the Hunger Heroes campaign last summer in Sam’s Clubs across the U.S. This food bank serves 9 counties in Arkansas. According to Feeding America’s recent interactive national report, more than 200,000 children (28%)…

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Tips for Holding a Coat Drive

Tips for Holding a Coat Drive

by Kristen Martin Baby, it’s cold outside! The past few winters have broken records for cold temperatures, snow, ice, and wind-chill. With the cold weather, we pull out warm sweaters, gloves, hats, scarves, and coats. Since children grow every year, they need new warm clothes every year. For some families, the expense of providing these necessary protective barriers is impossible. It is up to us to help the children in our community. Select a Beneficiary From the beginning, you’ll want…

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Kids need STEM: How to prepare our children for a world only they can build

Kids need STEM: How to prepare our children for a world only they can build

by Kristen Martin STEM, or science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, is a vital part of our everyday world. When was the last day you went without looking at your phone? Traveled to work or school without the aid of cars, trains, or even roads? And as much as I would hate to admit it to my younger self, math is something I use daily, when I go to the grocery store or pay my bills. Also, we live in the…

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Summer Strong

Summer Strong

Guest post by Jacob Martin, a member of our Champions for Kids team. Last summer, only 1 out of 6 children that received free and reduced lunch during the school year received similar meals during the summer. The summer months create some of the most vivid memories for growing children. It can be a time of unstructured play and learning—of new places and experiences. But for children experiencing poverty, summer break can leave them feeling broken. A Full Summer The…

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Every 10 Seconds, a Child Abuse Report Is Made

Every 10 Seconds, a Child Abuse Report Is Made

Guest blogger: Virginia Wietecha  Imagine being eight years old again. Remember how learning to ride a bike or playing for hours in the sunshine felt free and adventurous? This is how I remember being eight years old. However, many kids do not have the same memories. In fact, in the U.S. alone, a child abuse report is made every ten seconds. Child abuse affects more than 6 million children a year. When I hear these statistics, it makes me go…

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Summer Can Be Scary: Why Kids Need Support After School

Summer Can Be Scary: Why Kids Need Support After School

Guest bloggers: Anthony Stevens & Aaron Weatherford When the school lets out for summer, children go their separate ways to enjoy the time off, going on vacations and other adventures. These are times of fun and freedom, but for some kids, summer is actually a season of huge risks and developmental regression. When children are present for school, and seen throughout the week, they interact with the school’s staff, and get the nutritious foods that they need to stay on task….

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Hunger: The Ever-Present Challenge

Hunger: The Ever-Present Challenge

Hunger is an ever-present challenge for many families across America, and Champions for Kids, Kraft Foods, Tyson Foods and Sam’s Club have teamed up to fight food insecurity. On May 20, 2015, Champions for Kids and Kraft Foods donated a truckload of CAPRI SUN to the St. Louis Area Foodbank as part of “Be A Hunger Hero” campaign. The St. Louis Area Foodbank serves 26 counties in Missouri and Illinois, and distributes nearly 35 million pounds of food and personal care…

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2015 RazorFest: Food Drive & Event Photos

2015 RazorFest: Food Drive & Event Photos

Champions for Kids Hosts 2015 RazorFest What a blast! Over 41,000 people came to 2015 RazorFest, presented by CAPRI SUN, which included a food drive before the University of Arkansas Red & White game. Check out a few shots from some of the fun: