Helping Others This Holiday Season with Champions for Kids #CBias #DisneyCFK


I consider myself fortunate that I have never wanted for anything in my life, nor have my children.  Simple basics like food and shelter are necessities that some families struggle to attain.   When you are concerned about providing these required elements, additional extras likes presents, must be set aside.  In today’s struggling economy unfortunately more families are faced with the prospect of a bleak Christmas.   One of my greatest pleasures in life is seeing the joy and surprise Christmas morning brings to my children.  It pains me to know that some children this Christmas will awake to a house filled with no presents.  These parents must focus instead on feeding their children rather than providing entertainment.

What can we do?  This is a basic question that everyone should ask themselves.  Rather than being responsible only for your family, consider taking actions to help support others this season.

Currently I am a board member at my son’s preschool.  While the nonprofit school is privately owned and operated, it prides itself in helping fund the education of children who otherwise would not be able to attend preschool.   Board members and parent volunteers work throughout the year to help raise money to ensure that these children can get a head start.  Our motto is “for the good of children“.   Our actions as a collective group have the potential to make an important impact on the life of a small child.

This year one of my roles is coordinating our yearly toy drive.  Every December we accumulate as many trucks, books, dolls, kites, and toys of any nature as we can to give to local children in need.   By simply placing a large plastic container by the entrances to our building parents can easily donate an item as they drop off their child.  Many people don’t know how to help and little tasks such as this  provide people the opportunity to “do their part”.   Some parents (including myself) take the time their child is in preschool to get some important Christmas shopping done.   Quite a few parents will purchase an extra gift to donate.  Simple, yet effective.

This Christmas I have the opportunity to work with Disney as part of the Champions for Kids program.  I will be shopping at Walmart to create a special Christmas stocking for a child in need.   I will be adding this stocking full of toys to our toy drive.  Rather than seeking an individual family personally I prefer the Minnesota modest approach.

Champions for Kids is a program attempting to mobilize MILLIONS to take action in their community.  If each person does a small part the collective results are impressive.  These Simple Service Projects encourage everyone to help the lives of children.  Helping others doesn’t need to be difficult, flashy, or heavily time consuming.  One action of support from each of us.  Whether it is donating food, clothes, toys, or your talents everyone can do something.

Learn more about Champions for Kids online and also connect via Twitter and Facebook.

Look for a future post with the details of my stocking and please feel free to join the dialogue at the Champions for Kids Twitter party on December 15th at 9:00 EST. Please use hashtags #DisneyCFK and #CBias.

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


  1. As a fellow Minnesotan, I am with you on the Minnesota Modest!! Great campaign!

  2. I can’t wait to see the final product! What a special campaign. Wishing you a very happy holiday season!

  3. I look forward to see what cool Disney stuff you find.

  4. This is such a great way to brighten a child’s holiday!

  5. That’s neat that you accept donations through the school. Do the donated toys go to children at the school who need them?


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