Cold Care for the Homeless

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Gratitude Practice

Let's start by taking a moment to practice gratitude.
  • List three things you love about your job, workplace, or school.

  • Describe an experience that was painful, but made you a stronger person.

The Recipient

There are an estimated 553,742 people in the United States experiencing homelessness on a given night, according to the most recent national point-in-time estimate. This represents a rate of approximately 17 people experiencing homelessness per 10,000 people in the general population.

The Reason

For people experiencing homelessness, the cold weather presents many challenges. This kit is designed to build cold care kits to hand out when you see someone who could use it. The most basic needs can make a world of difference to those experiencing homelessness. By making a cold care kit you can impact someone with a meaningful, thoughtful action.

Unpack the Box

  • Take everything out of the box.
  • Lay everything out so you can find what you need to build the kit.

Create Your Kynd Code

Please follow the instructions on this card to create your own Kynd Code. This Kynd Code will be included in the final kit.

*Make note of your Kynd Code. You will use this code at the end of the project. 

Find the Kynd Card

This is for you to spread extra kyndness to someone in your own life.  Consider writing a note to a friend, loved one, or colleague that you are grateful for.  Address the note and send it in the mail or give it to someone in person.

DO NOT include this in the finished kit.

Write a Note to the Recipient

1. Find the following items:
  • Blank card and matching envelope
  • Enclosed materials such as crayons, markers, stickers
2. Write your letter and decorate the card.
  • Use the enclosed materials to decorate the card.
    • Express your encouragement and include a hopeful message.
    • Decorate the front and the inside of the card.
      • Helpful Tips:
        • Do not include a date or year on the letter.
        • Avoid politics completely and religion in excess.
          * Can’t think of what to write, draw a picture!
3. Decorate the envelope.
  • Use the enclosed materials to decorate the envelope that will hold your card.
    • Make it colorful and fun. Decorate the front and back of the envelope.
4. Put the completed card in the envelope you decorated. 
  • Include the Kynd Code sheet with the card.

Decorate the Canvas Bag

1. Find the following items:
  • Canvas bag
  • Sharpies
  • 2. Decorate the canvas bag.
    • Use the permanent markers to decorate the canvas bag.
      • Make the bag fun and colorful.
        * Can’t think of what to write, draw a picture!

Decorate the Platic Bag

1. Find the following items:
  • Write-on plastic bag
  • Permanent markers
2. Decorate the plastic bag.
  • The plastic bag is designed to be written on. 
  • Use the enclosed markers to write an encouraging message or draw a picture on the white panel on the plastic bag.

Pack the Kit

  • Pack all of the materials into the decorated decorated plastic bag and canvas bag and put it back into the original box.
  • Make sure the Kynd Code is included.
  • Add any optional items you would like.
  • More socks
  • Shampoo
  • Soap
  • Sanitary items
  • Moisturizer
  • Hand warmers
  • Toothpaste
  • Dental floss
  • Toothbrushes
  • Cotton swabs
  • Mini sewing kit
  • Winter hat/mittens
  • Baby wipes
  • Comb or brush
  • Phone card
  • Tissues
  • Hand sanitizer

Delivery Options

This kit is designed to be self-distributed. 

1. Put the completed kit in your car, or take it with you when you go out. When you see someone in need, give them your care package.
 
OR
 
2. Bring your completed kit to any local homeless shelter.
 
These are just two examples of how to give your completed kynd kit out. Be creative in distributing your kit.

You Did It!

Thank you for building a Kynd Kit!

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Share Your Impact

Post your experience on KyndHub.

KyndHub is an online community that gamifies volunteering, acts of kindness, and gratitude.

  1. Go to KyndHub.com or download the free app.
  2. Create a free account or log in.
  3. Select “I Built a Kynd Kit” from the post menu.
  4. Post about your kit.

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