Military Gratitude

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Gratitude Practice

Let's start by taking a moment to practice gratitude.
  • What freedoms are you grateful for?

  • What is something in your personal life that you believe is worth fighting for and why?

The Recipient

Your letter will be distributed to an active duty member of the military or new military recruit. Of all the items you include in the care package, the most cherished and meaningful are the personal letters of support. A deployed troop is someone who is actively serving in harm’s way. A new recruit is someone who has just finished their Boot Camp and has sworn to serve 4+ years.

The Reason

Your support and gratitude are important because it will positively impact the well-being of someone who is actively serving our country. This is a simple yet powerful way to actively support our active duty troops and new recruits.

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 Plastic 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.

DIY Stress Ball

*We are currently transitioning from this activity. If you do not have these items, please skip this step.
1. Find the following items:
  • Three balloons
  • Two Play Dohs
  • Scissors (not provided)
2. Combine both Play-Dohs.
  • Take the Play-Dohs out of the containers.
  • Roll both Play Dohs into one large ball.
3. Cut the stem off of one of the balloons.
4. Take the ball of Play-Doh that you just created and insert it into the balloon that you just cut the stem off of.
5. Add a second balloon layer.
  • Cut the stem off of a second balloon.
  • Stretch the balloon over the ball in the opposite direction of the first balloon.
6. Final balloon layer.
  • Do not cut the stem off of the third balloon.
  • Stretch the third balloon over the ball.
7. Tie a knot in the stem of the balloon.
8. Cut off the excess stem of the balloon.
  • You now have a completed stress ball! Good work!

Surprise Kyndness

Go through the pages of the sudoku or adult puzzle book and write uplifting messages, draw small colorful images, or create fun writing prompts for the recipient.

DIY Paracord Bracelet

*This activity has recently been added to this kit. If you do not have these items, please skip this step.
1. Find the following items:
  • Buckle
  • Scissors
  • Paracord rope
2. Follow this video to make a Paracord bracelet.
*Paracord bracelets started as a way for service members and first responders to carry extra cord in a lightweight, compact manner. Paracord has many uses and can be a survivalist’s best tool.
 
 

Pack the Kit

  • Pack all of the materials into the decorated plastic bag and put it back into the original box.
  • Make sure the Kynd Code is included.
  • Add any optional items you would like.
  • Socks
  • Batteries (AA, AAA, packs of 4 or fewer)
  • Mini flashlights
  • Flash drives
     
  • Toothpaste
  • Dental floss
  • Toothbrushes
  • Cotton swabs
  • Mini sewing kits
  • Foot powder

Delivery Options

  • Deliver the kit to a local military member.
OR
 
  • Return your completed kit to be distributed to someone that is deployed or a new recruit.
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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