Kits aim to bring resources to Columbus families in need

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (10TV) - Several central Ohio groups have joined together to bring resources to families in need.

Nationwide Children's Hospital, Action for Children, The Ohio State University, and Future Ready Columbus are working to create "Columbus Cares Kid Kits." The goal is to give out 3,000 of them to under-resourced families with children ages five and younger.

"There is so much that relies on the Internet whether it's connecting with other people or online learning. We wanted children and families to have something they could use where children can still be active and still be meaningfully engaged," said Action for Children's Katherine Glenn-Applegate.

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The kits include resources for both children and parents. Each kit includes items like toys, books, chalk, and crayons, along with literature for parents on how to reduce stress during this pandemic.

"What we always say to parents (and it's especially true during this time) is you can't be a good parent to your child or take care of your children unless you're taking care of yourself first," said Nationwide Children's Hospital's Dr. Sara Bode.

The plan is to start distributing the kits in the next two weeks across Nationwide Children Hospital's primary care clinics. Organizers also hope to give them out at school feeding programs.

If you would like to donate to help families in need receive these kits, click here. You can also buy items directly using this Amazon Wishlist.