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Service projects for the holidays

The holiday season is the perfect time for your club to do several different types of service projects. From cards for the troops to ornament making, your members hopefully wont go without service this season.

Glass ornaments
Go to your local craft store and stock up on clear glass ornaments. These nifty little decorations can give your service projects for the rest of the year! Fill them with things that you’re thankful for in November, glitter or beads to hand out to teachers during December, or grow clovers in there for St. Patrick’s day.

Cards for the troops
Provide a welcome “touch of home” for our troops during the holiday season.  Each year cards are collected between October and early December and then distributed at military installations, veteran’s hospitals, and in other locations. 

Please observe the following guidelines to ensure a quick reviewing process:
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Every card received will be screened for hazardous materials by Pitney Bowes and then reviewed by Red Cross volunteers working around the country.)

-Ensure that all cards are signed.
-Use generic salutations such as “Dear Service Member.” Cards addressed to specific individuals cannot be delivered through this program.
-Only cards are being accepted. Do not send or include letters.
-Do not include email or home addresses on the cards: the program is not meant to foster pen pal relationships.
-Do not include inserts of any kind, including photos: these items will be removed during the reviewing process.
-Please refrain from choosing cards with glitter or using loose glitter as it can aggravate health issues of ill and injured warriors.
-If you are mailing a large quantity of cards, please bundle them and place them in large mailing envelopes or flat rate postal shipping boxes. Each card does not need its own envelope, as envelopes will be removed from all cards before distribution.

All holiday greetings should be addressed and sent to:
         Holiday Mail for Heroes
         P.O. Box 5456
        Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456

The deadline for having cards to the P.O. Box is Friday, December 7th.
Holiday cards received after this date cannot be guaranteed delivery.

 

Place-mats
Cut out a place-mat size piece of paper and different colors of leaves. Write on the leaves what you are thankful for. Glue the leaves onto the place-mats and then laminate them. You can also add other things like tic-tac-toe boards or holiday themed jokes. These make easy gifts for teachers, Kiwanians or parents.

Other ideas
Try making concrete plates out of aluminum pie pans and have members leave hand-prints in them. I’m sure many clubs do food drives this time of year, but what about making holiday themed dinners for babies? Buy tradition holiday dinner baby foods and add in a special bib and spoon to complete the package. Donate them to local charities or agencies for teen moms.

Have more great seasonal service projects? Send them to Nicole Harris at nharris@kiwanis.org.