Make Heat Relief Sacks for the Homeless
With temperatures soaring in the triple digits, life on the streets goes from unbearable to deadly. Homeless men, women, and children are at high risk for severe dehydration and sun exposure. Sidewalk temperatures can reach 200 degrees. Year-round, and particularly in the summer, the item that is most needed and least donated to shelters are socks. The homeless walk miles each day to survive and socks are essential to avoid foot damage and serious ailments.
To help, your family can assemble heat relief sacks to be given to St. Vincent de Paul for distribution to the homeless throughout the summer and year-round. This is also a great project for Girl/Boy Scouts, sports teams and play dates!
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Make “No-Sew” Blankets for Kids in Need
The number of children in Arizona Child Protective Services custody has increased to record highs. Southwest Human Development’s Kinship Care and Adoption program works hard to place these children in a good home.
The transition to a kinship or adoptive family can be scary for a child. For a young child, a blanket can often provide comfort. For children taken out of their home, a blanket is especially loved because it is something that is all their own. Families Giving Back would like your help so that we can give a handmade blanket to as many of these special children as possible.
Your family can purchase the materials and make blankets at home. The supply list is short and the instructions are very easy to follow. Just click to view/print the project instruction sheet. Completed blankets can be dropped off at Southwest Human Development anytime during normal business hours.
This is a great project for Girls/Boy Scouts, sports teams, church groups, school groups, and play dates! The more volunteers we can get involved, the more children we can help!
Assemble Snack Bags for Teens @ UMOM Day Centers
UMOM Day Centers is the largest family shelter in Arizona. Currently, they are not able to provide any food/snacks to the teen residents that participate in their after school
program. Knowing the importance proper nutrition plays in learning, Families Giving Back wants to help provide healthy snacks for these deserving teens. Volunteers can decorate plain paper bags and fill them with healthy snacks and a school supply.
This is a GREAT project for groups such as Girl Scouts, etc.!!
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Make Art Bags for Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona
Give the joy of art to children in need by making art supply bags for Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona. Children can decorate bags and then fill them with several art supply items (list provided). They can also make a card or artwork to include in the bag(s) as well. This is a fun, creative project that is great for ALL ages!
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Make Activity Packs for Patients at Phoenix Children’s Hospital
Make activity packs to be given to patients and siblings of patients at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. The activity books filled with word finds, mazes and other activities along with crayons/markers give patients and their siblings a fun and much-needed distraction while they are in the hospital.
To print the activity book pages, click here.
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Make Handmade Cards for Feeding Matters
Feeding Matters is a nonprofit organization that helps families with children struggling with pediatric feeding issues by providing education, advocacy, research and support. Feeding struggles affect up to 45% of typically developing children and up to 80% of developmentally disabled children.
Help bring smiles to the faces of children with feeding challenges by making birthday, holiday and “general” (non-holiday cards that can be used as thank you cards etc.) cards to be given to these special kids.
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Make A Kindness Jar
Make a kindness jar that is filled with ideas of random acts of kindness that your kids can do, you can do as a family, etc. Acts of kindness can be simple things children say or do that demonstrate a concern or care for others. Your entire family can help think of acts of kindness they can do. It’s a great opportunity to talk about what kindness is, why it is important to be kind to others, etc.
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Laundry Bags for Ronald McDonald House
Click above to view/print Laundry Detergent Bag Project
Description: Ronald McDonald House (RMH) provides a“home-away-from home” for families who have a child facing a medical challenge. RMH is in constant need of laundry detergent for the laundry room on their campus. Volunteer families can help by making individual laundry detergent bags for the families to use during their stay at RMH.
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