Have you seen those commercials on TV for Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks where you could win an XO Lap Top on specially marked boxes? The commercial features a young boy carrying a green and white lap top across his town, then across the plains of Africa to hand to another young boy in an African school. My kids get a kick out of that commercial, not only for the cool green and white computer but also because they think it’s neat to see what school is like in Africa.
Did you know that 83 percent of kids believe that they can help children in other countries in addition to people in their own communities? That’s according to the “Kids’ Altruism Indicator” conducted in partnership with Parenting magazine. Betty Crocker Fruit Flavored Snacks wants to make it easy for kids to give back locally and globally.
Now through May kids in the U.S. have an opportunity to instantly win a laptop from specially-marked packages of Betty Crocker Fruit Flavored Snacks. For each laptop won, Betty Crocker Fruit Flavored Snacks will donate a laptop to a child in Africa. It’s that simple.
I honestly feel that community service should be encouraged in our schools. I know some organizations like the National Junior Honor Society require community service. I also know that some churches require community service before a child can be confirmed.
Our middle school has a beach clean up once a year. Groups of volunteers from the school (children and teachers) wear gloves and grab some trash bags and clean up a beach area within walking distance of the school. My kids have done it a few years now. It’s amazing the stuff they find from car tires to shopping carts tossed into the Hudson River.
Last year my daughter put up signs in the buildings in our condo complex looking for donations of used blankets, sheets, pillow cases, cleaning supplies, office supplies and new or used pet products and food to donate to our local animal shelter. She was able to collect a few things including a huge dog crate. We love animals and often donate food and other supplies whenever we can.
In our community there is not many organizations that will take children under the age of 14 or 15. That makes it hard for younger children to find aways to help out in the community. So far all we’ve found is the summer reading program at the library. My daughter signed up to be a reading buddy where she read to a younger child or had an older child read to her to help them practice reading. To be a Ready Buddy you need ot be in at least 6th grade.
I know many children like to help out others in their community. Therefor you really need to get creative to come up with something your child can do before they are old enough to volunteer elsewhere. Ideas such as collecting food to donate to a local food bank, helping to promote a community blood drive and collecting stuffed animals to donate to children who are faced with tragic situations (house fire, car crash, parent’s arrest) are fantastic for younger children and for the whole family.
To learn more about the Win One, Give One campaign please visit www.WinOneGiveOne.com. There you can find out how the laptops positively impact the lives of the children and to learn ways parents can talk to their kids about giving back.
Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks wants to know how YOU and your family give back to your community. One lucky She Scribes reader will win an XO Lap Top ($199.00 value). Thank you Betty Crocker!
The XO Lap Top are built with rugged plastic exteriors, 1 GB of memory and 4 GB of Flash storage. They have built in wireless broadband and are designed to be extremely power efficient. It’s the very same computer that is sent to children in Africa. It’s about the size of a small textbook. It has a unique screen that is readable under direct sunlight for children who go to school outdoors. The screen even swivels back and forth. It’s extremely durable, brilliantly functional, energy-efficient, and fun.
To enter please tell me about how you and/or your child gives back to you community. If you prefer to do a video explaing how you give back you are welcome to e-mail it to me or the link at SheScribes “at” Optonline “dot” net.
Normally I give extra entries if you subscribe to She Scribes, Connect on Google Friend Connect, Like on Facebook and Follow on Twitter. This time around I want entries to be more focused and I want more emphasis put on the main entry requirement rather then extra entries. This is a very important compaign so I think having people tell me ways they give back is more important then whether or not you follow me on Twitter. I hope you know what I mean? You are more then welcome to subscribe, connect, like or follow me. I would l♥ve that very much.
This giveaway is open to US residents only and will end on April 2, 2011 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen from all eligible entries by impartical voters (my kids!). The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply with a name, mailing address (no PO Box) and a phone number (for shipping only) or a new winner will be chosen.
Other great giveaways are found on the right side bar under “Win It”.
*I was not compensated forthis post, nor did I receive anything in exhange. I posted this for the benefit and enjoyment of my site readers. Betty Crocker will be supplying the prize.