Friday, August 21, 2015

More Service Projects for Children & Families!

Since my last post about service projects, we have come up with some other projects and ideas. Some are things we have done or are doing. Some are things we hope to do at some point!

I wanted to share these with you!

Color a Smile

We found out about Color a Smile this week, and we are excited to get started!

Color a Smile accepts cheerfully colored pictures and drawings and sends them to active U.S. military serving overseas, homebound senior citizens, and nursing home residents who need a smile!

As moms I think we really take for granted all our children's artwork and the cute little things they draw that we display on our refridgerators. There are lonely people out there who would love to have some of these sweet works of art to let them know that someone is thinking of them.

Anyone of any age or ability can volunteer to color. Their website has tons of nice printable coloring and free art pages to choose from. I really love the idea behind this organization, and I love the fact that even my toddler can be a "volunteer!"

This is Little Brother's artwork from this morning. I think this will definitely bring someone a smile, don't you? :)

Thank Your Mail Carrier

This was an idea I had seen several places around the web, and it is so simple to do!

Big Brother made a nice Thank You card that said "Have a nice day!" inside. He also drew a sweet little picture of the mail truck and a mailbox. Then we gathered up a few pieces of candy and put them in a small ziplock baggie. We placed the card and candy in a larger ziplock and attached an index card to the front that read "To: Mail Carrier From: The * Family."

Big Brother took the little "surprise" out to our mailbox and put up the flag. He was really excited!

Mail carriers have tough jobs, and they make sure our mail gets through to us come what may! I hope our mail carrier was blessed to receive our little "Thank you" gift.

Homemade Toys for the Animal Shelter

Big Brother is a huge animal lover. He really has a tender heart for all kinds of animals. He talks about becoming a vet when he grows up, so we shall see! At this point we are unable to have any pets at our home (we rent), but he loves playing with my parents' new beagle puppy! We worked together and made the toy pictured above for their dog, and the little fellow loved it! Now Big Brother wants to make more and donate them to the animal shelter.

We made this toy from strips cut from some of Big Brother's old Tshirts. It was super easy! Just cut 9 long strips, knot them together at the top, braid the strands, and knot the bottom. Instant rope toy! You can get detailed instructions with pictures here.

Get Friends Involved!

We are planning an "Art From the Heart" Day as a service project to do with friends in our homeschool group. Not only will we enjoy some fellowship while doing fun art projects, but we will be supporting several worthy causes at the same time!

We are getting together to make cards for Cards for Hospitalized Kids & Operation Christmas Child. We will also be coloring pictures to donate to Color a Smile. We are asking each family to bring a donation (some type of art supplies) with them to be assembled into Art Kits for the children at University of Kentucky Children's Hospital. I am really looking forward to serving with our friends this way!

Some other projects we have looked into and are considering include:

Sending letters and/or care packages to soldiers through Adopt a U.S. Soldier or Any Soldier.

Donating baby items to our local pregnancy resource center.

Donating our used shoes to the needy through Soles4Souls or some similar organization.

I have started a Family Service Project board on Pinterest! Make sure you follow me there to get more great ideas!!!

We are really working on learning about acts of kindness and service in our homeschool right now! How do you incorporate these kinds of service into your family or homeschool? I would love to hear your ideas!

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