A Big Heart for Kids

As we close out February, I want to share an update about the amazing work Save the Children Action Network (SCAN) volunteers and supporters did this month. Together, we urged lawmakers to have a heart and invest in kids.

We launched our Have a Heart campaign amidst the backdrop of Congress debating the stimulus package and state legislatures addressing huge budget deficits. Our supporters showed up for kids in a big way!

Here’s what they achieved:

  • We trained 217 volunteers online. They left with the skills they need to be even stronger advocates for kids!
  • Activists sent more than 2,500 handwritten postcards to lawmakers urging them to prioritize critical kids’ needs.
  • Volunteers organized 11 virtual lobby visits with members of Congress and they have dozens more planned.
  • And we sent a whopping 36,000 messages to Congress in support of the child-friendly policies in the American Rescue plan. 

Here are a few of my favorite photos from our campaign:

 Chris in New Mexico wrote postcards to his lawmakers urging them to help save child care.
Representative Cindy Axne (D-IA) joined our Midwest regional virtual advocacy training to inspire attendees.











 Susan and her grandson, Brady, in Colorado wrote postcards in support of child care. In all, CO volunteers generated 200 postcards!
Students at Phillips Academy Andover in Massachusetts created an online card for Senator Warren with messages from club members.
















We still have a lot to do to achieve victories for children in state legislatures and in Congress. In fact, the next two weeks are critical as we work to keep the child-friendly policies as the Senate debates its version of the COVID relief bill. We’ll need all the support we can get from our advocates to ensure critical investments for kids are made. 

Check out our photo album to see the full campaign!