When I arrived home yesterday a package from Toys"R"Us was waiting for me. Inside was an adorable plush Geoffrey from Animal Alley and a press kit about their new reusable tote bag program to benefit Save The Children. With the recent tornadoes that hit the Midwest and Southeast, as well as the approaching hurricane season, Toys"R"Us is offering its customers an opportunity to help Save The Children keep kids safe in the wake of an emergency. One dollar from the purchase of each bag will be donated directly to Save the Children’s Domestic Emergency Fund, which serves to provide a safe environment for children and families when disasters strike. Save the Children’s disaster preparedness programs and relief efforts provide essential supplies, including diapers, wipes, clothing and hygiene items, in addition to creating “Child Friendly Spaces” within shelters to help families manage the stress of being evacuated. Also, customers can visit Toysrus.com/SaveTheChildren to view an official registry of products that can be purchased and sent directly to Save the Children, including basic supplies such as diapers, wipes, clothing and hygiene items, as well as toys and games which provide a sense of normalcy.
The other interesting part of this pitch is a question that they asked, "What's on your disaster checklist?" I can honestly say it's something I never thought about it before probably because my family and I have been fortunate enough to not be affected by a natural disaster (we live in Northern NJ so thankfully we didn't get the brunt of Superstorm Sandy). It did get me thinking. What if something does happen? What should my family and I take with us in case we need to evacuate? Toys"R"Us and Save The Children created a wonderful checklist for parents and families, which can be downloaded from their website. Check out my slideshow, which also has images of the checklist.
Considering all the natural disasters lately, I definitely think the checklist is worth taking a look at. It has a lot of useful tips for families and parents. You never know when you might need it!