Last Friday was the start to a new tradition! A service party. I hosted a small party where we made craft kits for Caitlin Smiles. Caitlin Smiles is an organization where they send little care packages to children in hospitals. The packages include a decorated bag, a handmade card, 2 craft kits and something fun like play dough. We made some of the different craft kits they were asking for. There was about 7 people who came to the party and helped make some kits. It was a hot chocolate party as well so hot chocolate was served with some snacks! BYOM... Bring Your Own Mug was what I put on the invitation :) The time was great for catching up and hearing about others lives while we were able to make crafts that will bring a smile to a child's face. Setting up for the party was really fun! I laid out all the kits and materials and did an example as well. I had a lot of supplies, but also got some things from the store too. It ended up not costing a lot of money and in the future or for you there could be a donation jar where people could bring a money amount for that charity or another. This year I wrapped gifts to raise money for the supplies and other things I've done this year. I ended up finishing more kits the following day because I ran out to the store to get more supplies to use up the rest of what we had. I ended up having an "extra" bag in the box as well because they asked for donated supplies so I was able to give it to them through that.
In the end, we made a total of 312 craft kits and a card! There were 95 rubber band bracelet kits, 30 sticker book kits, 77 friendship bracelet kits, 105 dream catcher kits, and 5 get a grip pencil kits (The kits are shown below). That means 156 children are going to have two craft kits to make a craft and bring joy to them for the new year! I'm hopeful to continue this as a tradition and hopefully get larger in the amount of people I can invite! I hope to do a different charity each time and to be able to make something special for someone. There are so many things out there!! Any holiday party can easily add a small service aspect! While everyone is over there can be a time where everyone makes one card, even if it's only one that's however many people there are that can bring a smile to a few faces. If you're interested in making some craft kits for Caitlin Smiles there is a link below! There are so many different service opportunities that you can bring to your home to share time with others making things to make others happy!