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Gratitude Practice

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

  • What is something you take for granted on a daily basis that you are grateful for?

The Recipient

Your care package will be distributed to an active duty member of the military. Of all the items you include in the care package, the most cherished and meaningful are the personal letters of support.

The Reason

This kit is designed to let a military member know they are appreciated by writing them a letter of gratitude and packing a care kit that will provide them with some self care items and essential hygiene products. Your support and gratitude are very important. 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.

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 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 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 Bag

1. Find the following items:
  • Canvas bag
  • Markers
2. Decorate the canvas bag
    • Use the permanent markers to decorate the canvas bag.
    • Make the bag fun and colorful.

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

* This canvas bag is designed to make a toiletry bag for a military member. Often times when returning from deployment, they do not have access to personal items for a few days. This kit provides them with essential items during this time of need.

DIY Picture Frame

Use the enclosed permanent markers and materials to decorate the outside and inside of the picture frame. The active military member can put a picture in the frame you decorated and be reminded of someone they love daily while they are away.
 
*Helpful Tip: Repetitive shapes or inspirational quotes written around the frame are easy decoration ideas.

Worry Stone

* Worry stones are smooth, polished rocks used for relaxation or anxiety relief to help one feel grounded. The stone is meant to be kept in one’s pocket. The physical act of massaging a worry stone for several minutes is proven to provide therapeutic & psychological benefits that help soothe your nervous system, reduce stress and anxiety, and help clear your mind so you can focus and think clearly.
1. Find the following items:
  • Worry Stone
  • Markers
  • Drawstring Bag
2. Decorate the drawstring bag
  • On one side of the drawstring bag write an inspirational or calming word
    • Examples: hope, love, grow, breathe, dream, courage, wonder 
  • Decorate the opposite side of the drawstring bag with a picture 
  • The bag will be used to put the worry stone in for the career seeker to then carry around in their pocket while interviewing

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

DIY Paracord Bracelet

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.

Surprise Kyndness

 1. Find the following items:
  • Sudoku/Crossword Book
  • Enclosed materials such as markers, stickers, etc.
2. Surprise Kyndness
  • Go through the pages of the sudoku/crossword book and write uplifting messages, draw small colorful images, or create fun writing prompts for the recipient.

Decorate the Box

Use the enclosed materials to decorate the original 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 included hygiene products into the canvas bag you decorated.
  • Pack all of the materials into the original box that you decorated.
  • DO NOT include any used/opened decorating materials.
  • 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
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Dental floss
  • Cotton swabs
  • Mini sewing kits
  • Foot powder
  • Gift card
Items not to include: 
  • Perishable items
  • Sharp objects
  • Nut food products
  • Religious or political items
  • Alcohol

You Did It!

Thank you for building a Kynd Kit!

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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.

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