Are you looking for a meaningful service projects kids can participate in? One recent project we organized was preparing “Good Night” bags for homeless children in our community. Inspired by the organization Project Night Night, we geared the project a little more towards our own community.
Our community has a relatively large homeless population, and our local City Mission is almost always full to capacity with families who are homeless and having a difficult time. For our project, we were going to prepare bags for kids who would spending some time in the shelter. Each bag contained a blanket, a stuffed animal, a story book, and a hand made card.
Kids were encouraged to look their their own collection at home and bring “like new” items to church for the project (leaders double checked). If they wanted, they could also bring in new stuffed animals. In addition to bringing in items from home, we spent time as group making no-sew fleece blankets (direction below).
Kids were given about a month to collect materials and work on the blankets. Then, we spent a night assembling the bags. Kids made a hand made go to go with each bag, letting the child know we would be praying for them.
The kids really enjoyed the project and I loved that:
- The kids gave of their own possessions
- They worked hard to make something for others (cards and blankets)
- And many spent their own money to buy stuffed animals for kids in need
Want to do something similar?
Here’s how to make a no-sew fleece blanket:
- Buy 1 yard of two different fleece patterns
- Place the two pieces of fleece together so they match up on all sides
- Using straight pins (or safety pins), pin the fabric together so it does not shift
- Using sharp fabric scissors, cut slits all around the fabric edges. Each slit should be about 3 inches long and 1 inch wide.
- Cut 4 inch squares out of all 4 corners of both blankets.
- Tie the small strips together — one strip from the top blanket should be tied to one strip from the bottom blanket
- Once you have tied all the strips together, your blanket is complete!
If you have any sewing skills at all (and access to a sewing machine), it might be faster to let kids take turns sewing the blanket together. The no-sew blankets turned out to be a lot more time consuming than I anticipated! I picked up my fleece at JoAnn fabrics. It often goes on sale — but if not, you can almost always grab a 40% off coupon on their website.
What Service Projects have you done with the kids? I’d love to hear about it!