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7 Simple Ways You Can Make the World a Better Place

We often talk, in my household, about ways that we can work to make the world a better place, even if it’s just our little corner of it and summertime provides the ideal opportunity to do something meaningful with the extra time on your hands. Our post today comes from Brigette, of our iFamilyKC Mom Squad team, and is full of great ideas for small things you and your family can do to make a difference today. Take a look…

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7 Simple Ways You Can Make The World A Better Place

A lot of times, people feel that the only time to give back is during the holidays or when it’s those cold and rainy months. But the truth is, we can always give back! There are so many ways that we can give back to our family, friends and community, all it takes is an idea, a plan, and action.

Outside of winter, summertime may be the most crucial time to give back! It is so hot, there are barely any shady spots, and you know Kansas City… it is humid! Giving back isn’t just for those suffering from being in the heat all day, there are those that won’t be able to experience it at all.

So if you and your family are wanting to give back this summer, here are a few ideas that don’t cost a lot of money or time, but can make a huge impact!

1. Water

Passing out water to those in need is a great way to help them combat the heat. You can keep a pack of water in your car whenever you are commuting to work, play groups and the park. Or if you can’t keep water in your car, you can plan a day to drive around your area with a cooler full of cold water and dedicate an hour or so to passing out ice cold water.

2. Carrying Groceries

A lot of times when our elders or those that are not physically able to carry heavy items go to the store, a paper boy or girl will help them carry their items to their car. But what about when they get home? Asking friends or relatives if you can help them shop and put away groceries is a simple way that your family of all ages can help with. All it takes is a phone call.

3. Card Kits

Since we home school, I am always looking for ways we can volunteer. A few months ago, I contacted Children’s Mercy Hospital and they shared with me an awesome way to give back! Card kits are simply a bag filled with paper, stickers, crayons, markers or any other items you would want to decorate a card with. A lot of times these kiddos don’t get spend time with their loved ones for special events or holidays. They said the kiddos loved receiving card kits!

4. Babysitting

We all know that mom or dad who is constantly working, planning playgroups or volunteering their time. And sometimes they forget to take time for themselves. So why not give back by watching their kids for a few hours so they could relax! If you have older kids, they could also volunteer to babysit. This would also be a great way for them to prove how responsible they are and potentially turn into a lucrative job.

5. Care Packs

Like passing out water, there are other things that are so crucial to those in need. Care packs are small bags filled with daily necessities. Items like a toothbrush and tooth paste, nonperishable snacks, soap and rags are perfect items to help those out daily. The dollar tree even carries ones that expand with water! They start out as a small ball or odd shape, but once water hits them, they expand to a full washcloth.

6. Housework

Another way to give back is by simply helping around the house. Sometimes people are not able to take care of small tasks throughout their home. So helping them with small tasks will surely take a load off of them.

7.  Time

Out of all these ideas, the best way to give back is just time. The most impactful way to give back is just giving a little time to those in need. I hope these ideas will help you and your family brainstorm on how you can give back this summer.

From iFamily to Yours,


Donating Blood? What You Need To Know Before You Go!

Donating blood can feel like an intimidating process if you’re not familiar with it but it’s an incredible gift to give to our community. If you’re able to donate, check out these six, simple reminders to know before you go from our iFamilyKC Mom Squad blogger Erin. Take a look…

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Donating Blood? What You Need To Know Before You Go!

If you’re looking for something to do this summer to “give back” that is free, easy and (fairly) painless, think about donating blood!  A few years ago my husband started with the American Red Cross and we started giving blood regularly.  It has been an extremely rewarding experience for both of us and I would highly recommend it!   Here are some reminders to know before you go:

Reminder One

In the words of Derek Shepherd, “It’s a beautiful day to save lives!” A pint of blood has the potential to save as many as 3 lives so get out there and start saving people!

Reminder Two

Drink lots of water and eat iron-rich foods a few days before giving blood.  Both men and women have a certain iron level you must meet in order to give blood or you will be deferred.

Reminder Three

In most states, you must be 17 years or older to donate blood. Also, certain health conditions and travel destinations can affect your eligibility to give blood. You must be at least 110 pounds to donate.

Reminder Four

It is helpful to know a few things about blood types.  If you are O negative, that means your blood is universal and can be used by anyone without the chance of rejection so therefore this blood type is in high demand. If you are AB, you are able to receive any type of blood donation.

Reminder Five

Whole blood donations can be done every 56 days and power red cell blood donation can be done every 112 days.

Reminder Six

If you are afraid of needles, just look at the picture of my husband below! He conquered his fear after many years and is able to regularly give blood with no issues!  The feeling of accomplishment and helping people far exceeds the small feeling of the pinch of the needle!

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There are many opportunities to donate in KC! If you are looking for a place to donate check out the American Red Cross or Community Blood Bank. Both companies are running promotions right now with the KC Royals and Worlds of Fun if you donate.

From iFamily to Yours,


The Importance Of Giving Back: 5 Ways To Make a Difference

Good Morning, Kansas City!

As the parent of a five year old, I am constantly in search of new ways I can teach my daughter about this fascinating world we’re living in. Like you, I understand the importance of giving back to others and want to instill that same desire to make a difference in my own children. Today, we’re teaming up with our friends at Children’s Mercy, who recently launched the Small Change – Big Difference giving campaign, to provide you with five easy ways your family can give back to our community. Take a look …

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5 Easy Ways to Make a Difference

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#1 Be Giving Of Your Time

Volunteerism has always been an important part of my life and I’m so thrilled it’s something my daughter has taken an interest in as well. There is no shortage of opportunity to give of your time here in the metro area and there are many organizations you can give back to that will directly impact your neighbors. Here are three ways our family likes to give back right here in the metro:

  • Hospitals – There are many ways high school and college students as well as adults here in the metro area can volunteer time at Children’s Mercy, but one of my personal favorites is the opportunity to host a Wednesday Night Live, where you and eight or nine of your friends can get together and provide entertainment for CMH patients.
  • Diaper Bank – Diapering children is expensive and it’s a need that isn’t covered by social programs, leaving families with the out of pocket expense these babies simply cannot go without. Our local diaper bank in Lenexa collects, sorts, and distributes diapers to groups that directly impact families.
  • Food Bank – There are several opportunities for volunteering in the warehouse of our local food bank that collects non-perishable items to distribute to families in need. You can spend time organizing, sorting, and packaging items that will go out into the community.

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#2 Be Giving Of Your Things

My husband and I sometimes joke that our daughter is a hoarder. Her things are everywhere and, simply put, she just has too much stuff. So anytime she wants something new (which, thankfully, isn’t that frequent), we have her select seven to ten things she wants to donate to others in exchange for the one new item. Not only does this help us keep the clutter at bay, it also benefits the community as well. You can donate your unwanted wearable items, small appliances and electronics to organizations that own and operate local thrift shops in the area and make a difference simply by decluttering your home.

If you’ve got the extra time to spare and are feeling up to the task, one of the best ways to get rid of unwanted or unneeded items is to host a garage sale. The extra income gives you the opportunity to make a difference right here at home. By donating some or all of the money collected from your garage sale to an organization like Children’s Mercy, you can directly impact children here in KC.

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#3 Be Giving During Your Occasion

As parents with young children, there always seems to be an occasion where we’re either giving or receiving gifts. Ask your friends and family to donate or give items in your honor at your next event. Here are a few ideas:

  • Birthday parties are a great time to collect new toys, books, and games for organizations that impact kids in need. Children’s Mercy Hospital accepts brand new items year round for patients staying at the hospital and your family will have the opportunity to help support an incredible cause you can feel good about. Stay tuned for an exciting new program that Children’s Mercy is launching later this summer to make giving back at birthday parties even more fun.
  • Baby showers are another great opportunity to help give back to the community. Ask guests to bring an extra package of diapers, wipes or other baby items to donate to a local shelter that will help support local women and children here in Kansas City.
  • Holiday Meals provide the ideal time to ask friends and family to bring non-perishable pantry items to donate to a local organization or shelter that will directly impact the community. Larger organizations have boxes and barrels you can pick up, fill and bring back making the process very easy.

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#4 Be Giving Of Your Night Out

Date nights are such an important part of maintaining a healthy marriage when you’re parenting, and attending special events and fundraisers not only provides you with a fun evening out with your significant other but also makes a difference in our local community. Be giving of your nights out by attending special activities around the metro supporting incredible organizations around town. Children’s Mercy, in addition to their ongoing community activities and fundraisers, hosts two major events each year that you can get involved with, like their annual Red Hot Night and Big Slick Fundraiser.


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#5 Be Giving Of Your Change

When I was growing up, like many of you I suspect, my family had a large glass jar we collected spare change in throughout the years. Over time, that jar became too heavy to carry and it was a great reminder that the small change we were giving each day added up over time.

Children’s Mercy just launched a new fundraiser that applies the same logic to your giving. The Small Change – Big Difference campaign encourages families to collect their change, that really adds up over time in adorable Children’s Mercy piggy banks. Purchase your piggy bank today to make a major and lasting impact on the hospital.

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If we all do what we can, with what we have, we can make a huge difference in our little corner of the world. iFamilyKC is proud to partner with Children’s Mercy to bring you inspiring content, tips and tricks, and helpful resources. Purchase your Small Change – Big Difference piggy bank today for only $35 and start your family’s contribution. Check out the Children’s Mercy website for more information on this program as well as some tips for families wanting to give back. Everything you do makes a difference!

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From iFamily to Yours,



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