In an after school program at James B Edwards Elementary School, a group of kids made cards for a total stranger. It’s a great project for anyone to lead but even better when the leader is an 8-year old. Kayden is the daughter of one of our volunteer card makers. She’s come to a couple of our adult events and was excited to take part in our cards for kindness initiative.
Kayden asked her teacher if they could do this one afternoon in their Kaleidoscope program. This is a definitely a case when images are more meaningful than words so I have pictures below of some cards made by kindhearted 8-year-old kids. If kids can say nice things to strangers, I think we can do the same as adults, don’t you?
If this is something you want to do with a group of kids, I’m happy to provide some simple ‘how-to’ guides for drawing and suggested messages to include in your cards. We have a couple organizations you can learn about on this site but there are other ways to share, such as leaving a card on a car windshield or at someone’s front door.
This has been a record year for delivering furniture and home goods to those just starting their new lives.
From the warehouse this past quarter, we moved in a total of 60 individuals and families. We saw many more families escaping homelessness, domestic violence and human trafficking this past quarter.
For the year, we have delivered furniture and other household goods, valued at over $137,000 to over 180 families and individuals. Of these, 56 were veterans. We have turned empty and often depressing places into comfortable, safe homes – places of new beginnings.
So far this year, we’ve delivered: 293 beds and frames, 224 dressers, 120 kitchen tables, 398 kitchen chairs, 39 microwaves, 117 sofas , 118 stuffed chairs,113 coffee tables, 181 end tables, 360 table & floor lamps, 181 Linen Kits, 114 Kitchen Kits and over 200 adult and children’s Bibles, as we worked, laughed and prayed together with those we serve. [Note from Tina: Our handmade cards are placed in the kits.]
Most of all, we delivered Hope. It’s hard to describe the joy in both those we serve and in our volunteers when furniture arrives for those so much in need of comfort.
These new beginnings are a reality because of your generosity. Thank you!
Our next in-person get together is at the Mount Pleasant Library on Mathis Ferry, It is scheduled for 09:15am – 10:30am on Saturday, November 12th. While children are encouraged to help out by making cards at home, this event is geared towards adults.
There are plenty of places – from online retail to local business – for buying notecards. I found a good deal at Hobby Lobby recently so I figured I’d share. The cream colored ones on the left are regular folded notecards. The white stack on the right are flat cards – like a postcard.
Both have fifty in a pack and include envelopes. These are often on sale so with the 40% discount, the total for both was $11.00. (Not bad for 100 cards). I’ll bring them to the next get together. We can try them out and see how the quality is for this brand.
We have another organization to add to our recipient list.
One80Place, located downtown, serves the homeless community in Charleston. (For those of you who have lived here a while, you may know it by the former name of Crisis Ministries).
Similar to Hope to Home, they also provide move-in kits for clients transitioning from the shelter to a home. The messages in our cards can be similar to what you write for Hope to Home. The goal is to offer encouraging messages of support for recipients as they have a fresh start.
I suggest not sealing the individual envelopes. This will make it easy for the staff to review the cards before distributing and/or to add a specific recipient’s name.
One80 Place Attn: Katie Smith PO Box 20038 Charleston, SC 29413
I live near Towne Centre in Mount Pleasant. If you prefer to drop off, please get in touch for an address and I will mail them when I have a stack.
Update: This is cancelled due to Hurricane Ian. If you’re on the email list, you’ll be notified when when it is rescheduled.
Our next in-person get together is in Mount Pleasant on Saturday, October 1st from 10:00am – 11:00am to make some cards. (Obviously, if you’re sick, coughing, or diagnosed with anything contagious – such as covid obviously – please don’t show up.)
Please bring stationary supplies, markers, colored pencils, scrapbooking supplies, etc.., (If you don’t have any supplies, I can share mine)
The whole purpose of this is to spread kindness, not make works of art so everyone over 18 is welcome.
Please message hello [at] bekindcharleston.org for location and to let us know you’re coming. Expect a small, friendly group of stangers!
Yes, the pandemic is still a thing. But we’re still going to get together in-person in Mount Pleasant this Saturday from 10:00am – 11:00am to make some cards. (Obviously, if you’re sick, coughing, or diagnosed with anything contagious – such as covid obviously – please don’t show up.)
If you have blank cards, markers, colored pencils, scrapbooking supplies, etc.., bring them with you. If you don’t have any supplies, that’s no problem. Just bring a friendly face and use whatever I have.
The whole purpose of this is to spread kindness, not make works of art so everyone is welcome. Can you draw a heart? Yes? You’re qualified then and we’re happy to have the help with cardmaking.
Please message hello [at] bekindcharleston.org for location and to let us know you’re coming. (And if you’re weirded out about walking into a room of strangers, the group will be small and most people won’t know each other so don’t freak. It’s also not cliquey. I don’t do cliques.)