Animal Service Projects, Animals, Kindness, Quick Service Projects, Service Projects for Families

Animal Service Projects

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Contact your local SPCA and Humane Society to see if they have any projects that you and your family can participate in.  Here are some suggestions from our local branch.

Host a Fundraiser–A lemonade stand is a great way for kids to raise money to support the animal shelters in your area.  Our center will even allow families to sign up for a date and time to host the lemonade stand at the center.  Other fundraiser ideas are bake sales, change drives or make and sell homemade dog treats and cat toys.

Make Blankets or Cat Toys--Many shelters are looking for 2x3ft  fleece blankets for the dog cages.  Children can easily make tie blankets following these directions (keep in mind that these dog blankets will be much smaller).  Catnip socks are another easy project that kids can work on to deliver to the local shelter.  Here are the directions for catnip socks.  Here is a link to order catnip in bulk.

Organize a Food and Supply Drive–Most shelters have a wishlist of supplies that they are in need of.  Work as a family to organize a pet food and supply drive. Make collection boxes and ask local businesses to put them out for you.  Create fliers to hang up around town, write a letter to the editor in the newspaper and have parents announce the drive through email and social media.

Host a Birthday Party to Benefit the Shelter–Have your child help you to create an animal themed birthday party to celebrate their birthday.  Instead of gifts, have each party guest bring a donation for the animal shelter.  After the party, create a special moment for your child to deliver the donations to the shelter.

Volunteer Your Time--Many shelters have opportunities for families and older children to volunteer their time.  Our shelter has family days once a month where children and a caregiver can sign up to volunteer.  They also have programs for teens to volunteer weekly in the center.  Check out your local shelter and see if there is a way that you and your family can donate your time.

What service projects can you recommend to fellow animal lovers? 

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Kindness, Making a Difference, Pay it Forward Summer, Service Projects for Families

Project Dollar Store

This is such a fun project and can be easily prepared while sitting in front of a cozy fire. Both of my kids loved being “ninjas” as they secretly spread out the baggies of love all over our local dollar store.  Will you and your family accept this mission of LOVE?

Your Mission:  Put together baggies with $1 dollar bills and messages of love.  Spread them all over the dollar store with out being detected.  Drive away with love in your hearts.

Supplies:  ziplock baggies, $1 bills, sticky notes or paper and tape, writing/coloring tools

Procedure:  Have your children write some positive messages on the sticky notes or paper (they can also draw simple pictures or color over your notes in crayon if they are not writing yet).  Add a note that tells the person to use this dollar to buy something for themselves.  Attach one note to each $1 bill and place the bill in the baggie.  Zip up the baggie and then get ready for some SECRET FUN!  Drive to the local dollar store and hide these baggies all over the store. On the way home you can imagine together how people will react when they find your kind gesture of love.

Did you complete this mission?  

Take pictures of the process and email them to us at communityserviceforkids@gmail.com.  

We’d love to include your children in our Incredible Kids of the month!

Holiday, Quick Service Projects, Seasonal, Service Projects for Families

Christmas Jars

I stumbled upon the Christmas Jars book last year when I was searching for a holiday book to read.  Little did I know that this small book would lead to a new and meaningful Holiday Tradition.

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The Christmas Jars is a fictional book by Jason F. Wright and it has inspired a world-wide movement of hope, kindness and giving.  In the story, one family works all year to fill a jar with loose change.  On Christmas Eve, they go and leave the jar anonymously on the doorstep of someone who could use a little help and Christmas cheer.

Last year we left our first Christmas Jar on the doorstep of a family who had come across some hard times.  My husband, son and niece snuck up to the house, left the jar and ran so that they would not be discovered.  This jar inspired my niece to start two jars of her own for this year and ours is almost ready to bless another family a few days before Christmas.

This simple act of kindness can bring so much help and hope to a person in need.  The money in the jar may help to pay some bills, buy food or a few Christmas presents.  The most important thing that the jar will do is to let them know that they are special and loved.

Will you start your own Christmas Jar this year?