Use arts and crafts time with your kids to create something that can make a difference to those in need.
1. Design a no-sew superhero cape for a child living in a shelter to make him or her feel strong and powerful as part of the Capes for Kids program.
2. Send a handwritten letter or card to a newly diagnosed breast cancer patient as part of the Girls Love Mail program, which sends the notes to cancer centers.
3. Sew a simple teddy bag to hold one of the teddy bears that Teddies for Tragedies sends to children around the world who have been affected by catastrophes.
4. Make a flat teddy bear for The Hugs Project, which sends them to military stationed overseas who hand them out to children in war-affected areas.
5. Create a beautiful pillowcase dress for a little girl in a developing country as part of Sew Gorgeous.
6. Make a simple no-sew fleece blanket to calm newly sheltered animals and donate it to a participating shelter in the Snuggles Project.
7. Weave a paracord survival bracelet for Operation Gratitude to include in its care packages sent to troops deployed overseas.
8. Make a no-sew fleece blanket and donate it to your local chapter of Project Linus, which gives blankets to children in crisis through hospitals, shelters, and other agencies.
9. Sew a simple traveling pillowcase for a child living in shelters as part of Enchanted Makeovers‘ mission to transform the shelter experience for women and children.
10. Make a cooling neck tie for a member of the military stationed in the Middle East to beat the desert heat as part of The Hugs Project.
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Photo: Courtesy of Capes for Kids