This week my daughter and I had the privilege of inviting 20 girls from her class to our house to make Valentine’s Day cards for a very good cause. Here’s the scoop: DoSomething.org, the largest non-profit in the US for young people and social change, has launched a campaign called Love Letters. Love Letters asks kids and teens to create Valentine’s Day cards to lift the spirits of older adults across the country during a peak time of isolation and depression. These letters are then sent to Meals on Wheels all across the United States, and delivered to those seniors who are in need of some love and attention.
We filled the tables with heaps of fun and colorful crafting materials. Some of the girls were using rubber cement for the first time (hard to believe)! They were so excited, their smiles were contagious. The girls fully embraced their task and enjoyed every moment. All the while, being completely aware of how much they would help another person with their thoughtful, handmade cards. I was so proud of them!!
Here’s what we put out on our tables (all found on Amazon):
white card stock (folded in half) // construction paper in valentine colors // heart punches big and small // scissors // glitter glue // rubber cement // pom-poms // markers // chalkboard markers // paper muffin cups // fabric strips (cut from scraps) // washi tape
DoSomething.org asks that you follow these guidelines when making your cards:
~ Outside of the card should say Happy Valentine’s Day.
~ Inside the card, share three facts about yourself in order for the receiver of your beautiful cards to feel more of a connections with you. For example:
What state are you from?
What is your favorite hobby?
What do you want to be when you grow up?
~ You may sign the card, but do not use your last name or any specific details about where you live.
The deadline for sending cards is February 15th. Please, please consider making some cards with your kids this weekend. Click here for directions, guidelines and addresses of Meals on Wheels across the country.
Thank you, thank you! You guys are the best.