We all know the household dental hygiene product brand Colgate. Did you know this month they partnered with the Champions for Kids organization for a featured service project? My four year old daughter was able to participate in her first service project. It was a great learning opportunity and along with Colgate, we were able to help The Ryan House, an amazing organization committed to assisting children with life threatening illnesses and their families.
This month the Champions for Kids service project included working with Colgate to give kids in our communities a brighter smile with dental hygiene products. With out a second thought, I knew this would be my daughter’s very first service project and we would be donating the products to The Ryan House. The facility is for Arizona families caring for children with life‐threatening conditions. They offer an environment that embraces quality time for families. In addition to family stays, they also offer short breaks from the continuous strain of round-the-clock care to ensure families remain intact. Before ever visiting onsite, I had nothing short of amazing things to say about The Ryan House.
Several years ago I watched friends from my hometown care for their terminally ill child. Sadly he passed away at only seven years old. As a parent myself it was unbelievably difficult to see the devastation and pain endured by the family, friends I have known my entire life. Through that experience I learned of The Ryan House.
The facility is amazing. It is full of bright and engaging rooms in addition to comfortable family rooms.
family suite, photo courtesy of The Ryan House
sensory room, photo courtesy of The Ryan House
pool, photo courtesy of The Ryan House
arts and crafts room, photo courtesy of The Ryan House
I am extremely proud of my daughter and her enthusiasm to visit the children and families there. Before our visit we went shopping to pick up dental hygiene products. She picked Dora the Explorer and Spongebob Square Pants toothbrushes for our donation.
The day of our visit she woke up and said, “I’m healthy and it’s my job to make the sick children smile today.” She was very proud of herself when she delivered the donation with me in the afternoon. She completely understood the purpose of our mission.
We received a tour of the facility and my daughter was able to say hello to multiple children. She was very friendly and determined to get their attention with a sweet smile.
Now that I have been onsite I simply cannot put into words the amount of love and support The Ryan House provides to families facing extremely challenging situations with their children. I am very grateful for the opportunity to visit with my daughter. If you would like to learn more about the organization you are welcomed to attend their community breakfast.
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®, Colgate, and Champions for Kids but all opinions and ideas are my own. #CBias #SocialFabric #Colgate4Kids