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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

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.

      * 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.
 
*Kit Maker Tip: Repetitive shapes or inspirational quotes written around the frame are easy decoration ideas.

Worry Stone

1. Find the following items:
  • Worry Stone
  • Sharpies
  • Drawstring Bag
2. Decorate the drawstring bag
  • Decorate the drawstring bag to put the worry stone in for the military member to then carry around in their pocket. 
* 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.

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

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 it. 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.
  • 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

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  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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