Good Deeds Unite Us

Overheard at our 9/11 Family Day of Service…

Parent: “Which project did you like best?”

Child: “All of them that I did!”

The room was abuzz with all kinds of activity, which you might expect any time you put more than 200 people of all ages in one room.

But, in this room, the bulk of the activity was service. A whole lotta service.

If you attended the event, here’s a look at what you accomplished:

  • You handcrafted about 150 felt cat toys to be donated to the SPCA of Southwest Michigan
  • You wrote and decorated 40 cards with heartfelt messages of hope and inspiration for children struggling with emotional, behavioral and mental health challenges. Advocacy Services for Kids can’t wait to share them with the families they serve.
  • You took apart about 75 donated pieces of jewelry  and sorted the beads into useable materials for Beadventure kids to create their own original jewelry.  These beads will now be added to the stock in the studio according to material (stone, glass, plastic, pearl, metal) and color for easy access.
  • You counted pieces for 9 Greater Kalamazoo Girls on the Run Coach’s Kits, contributing to their efforts to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident.
  • You decorated and wrote 55 cards for the veterans in the area for SouthernCare Hospice.
  • You packed 50 appreciation/recruitment bags for the foster parents at Bethany Christian Services, along with thank you cards.
  • You decorated approximately 100 lunch bags (envelopes) for Generous Hands, Inc to use in their 500 Campaign this fall. These decorated bags, along with others, will go out to close to 700 people in the community. This is Generous Hands’ biggest fundraiser and the recipients love getting the 500 Campaign letter in the decorated bags.
  • You finished off 45 warm hats that will be distributed to needy children by Comstock Community Center this winter & fall.
  • You created 54 fused glass tiles that depicted “Courage” to be added to the West Michigan Glass Art Center’s Community Collage. Many were abstract, some were American flags, some were hearts (one was broken), one depicted the 9/11 boat lift that rescued 500,000 people off of Manhattan island that day (in only 9 hours!), and a young boy made a very creative and minimalist lion!
  •  You stripped quite a few bikes to be made into bike racks for the community by Open Roads Bike Program.
  • You wrote and drew 30 encouraging messages of thanks for our local heroes at Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety: Police, Fire & EMS.
  • You cut and tied 5 fleece blankets to be donated to kids in crisis at Housing Resources, Inc. family shelter or the Kalamazoo Gospel Mission
  • You decorated place mats to brighten the day of those dining at the Kalamazoo Gospel Mission
  • You made the pledge to volunteer with your handprint on Bookbug’s collaborative art project to be installed at the Bookbug store.

Wowza! That’s a whole lot of good deeds! Maybe you even enjoyed some Qdoba and got a fun family photo to take home from Big Lyle’s. It was a full evening.

If our first Family Day of Service is any indication, families and individuals in Kalamazoo are amazing and want to help. We were happy to give people a space in which to explore service and teach their kids about volunteering. We hope families will continue the volunteering journey as the years pass.

Check out some great photos from the event here and here! Learn more about other ways to get your family involved on our Family Volunteering page.

Many thanks to our sponsors for the event: Bookbug, Greenleaf Hospitality Group, Qdoba, Big Lyle’s Party & Event Entertainment, Kalamazoo Community Foundation, Irving S. Gilmore Foundation, Steve Vollmar-Prudential Preferred REALTORS.

Thanks to all of the nonprofit agencies that brought their service to one convenient place!

And truckloads of thanks for all of the families and individuals and groups that came to serve. You were our heroes on this 9/11.

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