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Gratitude Practice

Let's start by taking a moment to practice gratitude.
  • Who has always been there for you when you were down?

  • What is something good that happened to you this week that you are grateful for?

The Recipient

The child welfare system can be confusing and lonely at times. These activity kits will provide some much-needed distractions and will allow for these kids to feel just as they should – like kids!

The Reason

Create an activity kit for kids that are in out-of-home placements such as foster care, group homes, or kinship care. These kits may be used by the children as they wait for their court hearing, visit with their parents in a supervised setting, or to just have some fun.

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 closed. 

Decorate the Canvas Tote

*We are currently transitioning from this activity. If you do not have these items, please skip this step. 
1. Find the following items:
  • Canvas Tote
  • Markers
2. Decorate the canvas tote:
  • Use the enclosed markers to decorate the tote.
  • Make the canvas tote fun and colorful.
     
    *Helpful Tips:
  • Place a piece of paper in the tote before decorating to prevent the marker from bleeding through.
  • Can’t think of what to write, draw a picture!

Decorate the Canvas Bag

*This is a new activity. If you do not have these items, please skip this step.
1. Find the following items:
  • Canvas Bag

  • Markers

2. Decorate the canvas bag:
  • Use the enclosed markers to decorate the tote.

  • Make the canvas tote fun and colorful.

    *Can’t think of what to write, draw a picture!

*Helpful tip: Place a piece of paper or cardboard in the bag before decorating to prevent the marker from bleeding through.

Surprise Kyndness

Go through the pages of the activity pad and write uplifting messages, draw small colorful images, or create fun writing prompts for the recipient.
1. Find the following items:
  • Activity Pads
  • Enclosed materials such as crayons, markers, etc.
2. Surprise Kyndness
  • Decorate the outside of the activity books with a picture or uplifting message.
  • Use random pages in the activity pads to write short uplifting messages, draw small colorful images, or create fun writing prompts for the recipient.

DIY Jigsaw Puzzle

1. Find the following items:
  • Blank Jigsaw Puzzle
  • Small white envelope
  • Markers, crayons, pen, etc.
2. Assemble the puzzle
  • You will need to start with the puzzle assembled
3. Draw a picture or put a special message on the front of the puzzle.
  • Use the whole puzzle, filling it with color or messaging from edge-to-edge.
4. Prepare the small white envelope to hold the puzzle.
  • This envelope will hold the completed puzzle.
  • Decorate one side of the small white envelope with a picture or message.
  • Use the other side of the small white envelope to explain how to assemble the puzzle and what it will look like when it is done.
5. Take the puzzle apart and put the pieces in the envelope.
6. Seal the envelope. Please DO NOT lick closed. 

Play Doh Tool Box

*We are currently transitioning from this activity. If you do not have these items, please skip this step. 
1. Find the following items:
  • Small Foldable box
  • Crayons, colored pencils, pen, markers, etc.
2. Decorate the small foldable box.
  • Place the Play Doh and Play Doh tools inside of the small foldable box

DIY Sensory Tube

*We are currently transitioning from this activity. If you do not have these items, please skip this step. 
1. Find the following items:
  • Sensory tube
  • Glitter
  • Food dye
  • Glue
    *You will also need water
2. Fill the clear sensory tube with as much glitter as you’d like.
3. Next, put in 3-5 drops of food coloring. 

 *The more food coloring you add, the harder it will be to see the glitter so be careful if you have a darker color!

4. Carefully fill the rest of the tube up with water.
5. Take the glue and put one teaspoon (or best estimate) of glue into the tube on top of the glitter and food coloring. The glue is what makes the glitter move in the tube.
6. Seal the tube tightly then give it a good shake!

*Adding a small amount of glue to the lid when closing the tube helps create a leak-free seal! 

Heart Squish

1. Find the following items:
  • Heart-shaped stress ball
  • Permanent markers
2. Decorate the heart-shaped stress ball
  • Using permanent markers, decorate the heart-shaped stress ball.
*Only use permanent markers or else it will smudge!
*Allow for some drying time.

Decorate the Box

Use the enclosed materials to decorate the box the kit came in. Make this fun and colorful. Get creative! This is how the recipient will receive their final kit.

Pack the Kit

  • Pack all of the materials into the decorated original box.
  • DO NOT include any opened/used decorating materials.
  • Make sure the Kynd Code is included.
  • Add any optional items you would like.
  • Playing cards
  • Sudoku and crossword puzzles
  • Paint and paintbrushes
  • More markers, crayons, and colored pencils
  • Journals
Items not to include: 
  • Perishable items
  • Sharp objects
  • Nut food products
  • Religious or political items

Delivery Options

  • Deliver the kit to someone you know in the foster care system.
OR
 
  • Send your kit back to us for distribution to children currently in the foster care system.
     
To get a return label, click HERE.

 

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

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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)

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