This summer, we expect to frequent a couple of our favorite parks and the Y pool with Milo. But it won’t be the first time for us to take a child to any of those places, because we’ve been to all our favorites with the Safe Families kids we have hosted.When we moved to Indianapolis two years ago, we immediately became approved by Safe Families to be a host family. Though we love adoption and feel it is a great option in some situations, we also want to be a family that supports initiatives that keep families of origin intact. Safe Families, providing temporarily housing for children whose parents are in crisis and are receiving services, is that sort of program.
Two summers ago, I drove to the Safe Families office in Indianapolis with a never-used car seat in the back of my car. I met Mr. M, a spirited, inquisitive 2-year-old. He said a tearful goodbye-for-now to his mama and got in my car. Because Dan was still on vacation before starting his new job, the three of us spent two full weeks exploring our new city. Neighborhood splash pad, Holliday Park, 100 Acres, and watering and rewatering the plants on our porch.
M was the first of six kids we have hosted through Safe Families. Six kids who have benefited from the services Safe Families provided to their parents during a time of uncertainty and need. Because of the services Safe Families offers, biological families can weather hard times, stay together, and set out to explore Indianapolis as a family again this summer.
This summer, Huggies is graciously awarding $2,000 to 10 nominated community projects. Suggestions for projects include parks, playgrounds, beaches, and rec-centers. I love several of these types of projects in our city, but Safe Families in Indianapolis is the community initiative dearest to my heart and the very reason I first experienced all that summer in our city has to offer.
Would you like to nominate your own favorite community project? From now until June 25th, Huggies will be accepting all selfies of you + your baby with the hashtag #UltraHug and a description of your nominated community project. The pictures are featured in a collage on the campaign landing page. On July 6th, voting will begin to narrow down the 20 finalists to 10 winners who will win a $2,000 grant from Huggies for their nominated community initiative.
To enter the #UltraHug contest: Take a selfie of you and your baby and upload that selfie to Twitter or Instagram. Make sure to use the hashtag #UltraHug. Include a text nomination (approximately 100 – 120 characters) with the name and/or identifying description of a community project in the US, which you would like to nominate. Make sure the community project is something near and dear to your heart.