One goal for 2015:
Invite like minded friends to connect together and form a group to serve together, work together, common change style. Choose 6-12 projects that will serve our community. These can be in partnership with community services groups that share like values, volunteer opportunities, etc… Or can be new projects that will serve our community.
Goals and resolutions often look better on paper. Life becomes so busy and this happens and that happens and before you blink you’re rewriting your resolutions for the next year.
There is so much we can do to by choosing 6-12 projects that we will complete as a team. These projects may include working in partnership with community service groups that share like values or may be new projects that help the causes we are passionate about as a group. Sometimes it may involve volunteering for a workday and sometimes it might mean everyone chipping in together to cover a monetary need of someone we know. To get the ball rolling, my friend Teresa and I met for lunch on Saturday to decide on our first project.
We chose a simple Easter project to bless a few kids and their moms. Our first “Hearts to Serve” project: making Easter baskets for the children who live in our battered women’s shelter and a small personal basket for each of the moms. We were able to speak with the director at our local Family Resource Agency and get their approval. Then we began collecting our supplies.
We prepared 6 baskets for the children and 4 baskets for the moms. For the children’s baskets we wanted to include some necessities as well as some Easter candy and stay within a simple budget of $100.00 We talked about the things that should go in the baskets and made our shopping lists. We would like every bucket to have:
- chocolate bunny, peeps, and jelly beans
- stuffed lamb, bunny, or chick
- Toothbrush, toothpaste and shower gel
- water bottle
- band-aids, bug bite itch stick, and sunscreen
- sidewalk chalk and bubbles
- Frisbee, jump rope or ball for outside
- card or dice game
- stickers, coloring book, crayons
- bath toys: rubber duckie, squirters, cup
- small cars or miniature dolls
The director of Family Resource Agency and one of the shelter’s employees met us to pick them up. They delivered them to the moms for us along with a miniature basket for each mom as well. I didn’t get pictures of the mom baskets but they were mini versions of these with pampering products instead of toys! Sooo cute! This will definitely be a repeat project!