The Giving Klub is an informal club created by Grace and Kate to help provide opportunities for other kids to give to others. Past projects have included packing Hygiene kits (as discussed below), packing lunch bags for the homeless, assisting with the setup of the Holiday Shop sponsored by Neighbors in Need, creating Christmas cards to send to soldiers stationed overseas, having a lemonade stand and donating the money to charity and sponsoring a family with both food and gifts for the Christmas Holiday.
For their birthday parties this year, each girl chose to spend half of their party time continuing the Giving Klub by inviting their friends to pack Hygiene kits for those in need in response to the damage incurred on the Gulf Coast during Hurricane Isaac. In addition, the girls decided to assist local families by asking each friend to bring a canned food item to be donated to a local food bank.
Although not affiliated with a church, we took our cue from the Church World Service organization that facilitates delivering the kits to those in need. As stated on its website, “In the face of natural disasters, violence, or grinding poverty, Hygiene kits can mean the difference between sickness and health for struggling families.”
In teams of 2, Kate and 22 of her friends packed 100 Hygiene kits containing a hand towel, a wash cloth, a comb, a nail clipper, a bar of soap, a toothbrush and 6 Band-Aids. Each team had a bagger and a selector and sequenced through each station to collect contents for each kit. Parent helpers verified the kit contents and the packing continued until all kits were packed.
Grace and 24 of her friends followed Kate’s party repeating the process until another 115 kits were packed and ready to donate.
In addition to the 215 total kits packed, friends of both girls contributed a total of 53 canned goods and 23 dry goods to contribute to the Salvation Army Service Center pantry. We couldn’t ask for a better group of friends for each girl and the willingness of each friend to enthusiastically pack the kits to help those whose situations may be less fortunate than their own was truly a sight to see.