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

* We are currently transitioning out of this step. If your kit has a reference to a Kynd Code, please disregard.

Register Your Kit to Follow It's Journey

*Starting on April 4th, we have implemented a QR code/serial number process. If you do not have a QR code on the inside of your box, please disregard this step. This QR code will be blue and has a serial number starting with KK underneath it. See example image below.
1. Locate the QR Code serial number on your Kynd Kit
  • If you have a classic kit, it will be located on the plastic bag inside the kit
  • If you have Plus or Max kit, it will be located on the inside of the box. 
2. Go to kit registration page 
  • If you are using your phone, open your camera and scan the QR code
  • If you are using your computer, click this link below and enter the serial number listed below the QR code
    • Code starts with KK 
Click here to go to kit registration page
3. Register your kit
  • Fill out the requested fields 
  • By providing this information, you will be notified when your kit is returned to Project Helping and when it is distributed to those in need 

*We will not use your information for anything besides notifying you of your Kynd Kit progress. 

4. When you have completed registering your kit, please return to this page to continue building your kit. 
5. Please ensure you include your QR serial code when returning your kit so we can scan it when we receive it.
6. You can visit kyndkit.org at any time to check the status of your Kynd Kit. 
 

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.

Completed Kynd Kits go all over the world. As you customize your kit, please refrain from using any religion or political content.

Write a Note to the Recipient

1. Find the following items:
  • Blank card and matching envelope
  • Enclosed materials such as crayons, markers, stickers, etc.
2. Write your letter and decorate the envelope.
  • Use the enclosed materials to write a letter and decorate the envelope.
  • Express your encouragement and include a hopeful message.

Helpful Tips:

  • Do not include a date or year on the letter.
  • Avoid politics completely and religion in excess.
  • Use appropriate humor.
* Can’t think of what to write, draw a picture!
 
3. Put the completed card in the envelope you decorated. 
  • Include the Kynd Code sheet with the card.
  • Please DO NOT lick the envelope shut.

Decorate the Canvas Bag

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

Tip: Place a piece of paper in the canvas bag before decorating to prevent the marker from bleeding through.

 

Luggage Tag

1. Find the following items:
  • Luggage tag
  • Additional blank card
  • Markers
  • Scissors
2. Cut the blank card to fit in the luggage tag.
3. Use the enclosed markers to write an encouraging message or draw a picture on the card. 
4. Put decorated card inside the luggage tag and attach to the backpack.

Pack the Kit

  • Pack all of the materials into the decorated canvas bag and put it back into the original box.
  • Please only include items that are UNOPENED and UNUSED.
  • Add any optional items you would like.
  • Socks
  • Hygiene items
  • Sanitary items
  • Hand warmers
  • Mini sewing kit
  • Winter hat/mittens
Items not to include: 
  • Perishable items
  • Sharp objects
  • Nut food products
  • Religious or political items
  • Alcohol

Delivery Options

Apply the return label to the outside of the box to be returned to Project Helping. From here, this kit will be distributed to Life Moves and those experiencing homelessness in the Silicon Valley. 

You Did It!

Thank you for building a Kynd Kit!

Where would you like to go from here?

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Dollars for Doers

  • If your company offers a Dollars for Doers program, you can submit the time you spent building your Kynd Kit to benefit Project Helping. 

Official Name: Project Helping

Website: ProjectHelping.org

EIN/Tax ID: 45-2442366

Nonprofit Classification: 501(c)(3)

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.

LOGIN TO KYNDHUB

Share Your Completed Kynd Kit on Social Media!

We’d love to hear about your Kynd Kit experience. Post your completed kit on social media and tag Project Helping.

Get More Kynd Kits

Go back to the Kynd Kit bundle builder and get more kits to continue your impact.

Back to the Instruction Index

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Project Helping Homepage

Go to the Project Helping homepage. Explore our programs and get involved!