Veteran Affairs Hospital Care

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Gratitude Practice

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

  • As a healthy individual, what is something you might take for granted on a daily basis that you are grateful for?

The Recipient

The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) is the largest integrated health care system in the United States, providing care at 1,293 health care facilities, including 171 VA Medical Centers and 1,112 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics) to over 9 million Veterans enrolled in the VA health care program. VHA Medical Centers provide a wide range of services including traditional hospital-based services such as surgery, critical care, mental health, orthopedics, pharmacy, radiology and physical therapy.

The Reason

Help support the Veteran Affairs Hospitals mission by creating a care package for a veteran who is staying at one of their facilities. Most importantly, sending letters is a powerful way to bring love and laughter to someone that has a lasting impact. Include a letter of gratitude in your care package, thanking a veteran for their service and letting them know how much they are appreciated. 

Unpack the Box

  • Take everything out of the box.
  • Lay everything out so you can find what you need to build the kit.

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 plastic bag 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 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 Plastic Bag

1. Find the following items:
  • Write-on plastic bag
  • Permanent markers
2. Decorate the plastic bag.
  • Use the enclosed markers to write an encouraging message or draw a picture on the white panel on the plastic bag.
  • This is how the final kit is distributed so make this colorful and fun for the recipient to open.

Decorate the Playing Cards

*This is a new addition to this kit. If you do not have these items, please skip this step.
1. Find the following items:
  • Deck of Cards
  • Round Sticker Labels 
  • Permanent markers
2. Decorate the playing cards.
  • Use the enclosed markers to write encouraging messages, affirmations, jokes, or pictures on the white round stickers.
  • Place the labels on the back of some of your cards. 

Surprise Kyndness

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

DIY Affirmation/Gratitude Cards

1. Find the following items:
  • Small Blank White Cards
  • String 
  • Permanent markers, colored pencils, etc. 
2. Write a special affirmation message on each card. 
  • Some good examples of affirmations include:
    • You are strong. You are brave. You are worthy. 
    • I am enough. 
    • The point of life is growth, not perfection.
    • I choose to see my life through a lens of gratitude. 
    • Your voice matters. 
    • Talk to yourself like you would to someone you love. 
    • My potential to succeed is limitless. 
    • Make today beautiful. 

*Kit Builder Tip: Feel free to use your own favorite affirmations or search the internet for inspiration.

3. Loop the piece of string through the hole punched cards and tie a knot to secure them together. 

Pack the Kit

  • Pack all of the materials into the decorated plastic bag and put it back into the original box.
  • Add any optional items you would like.
  • Caffeine-free tea (like Peppermint, Chamomile, Ginger and Lemon Tea)
  • Mints
  • Gum
  • Warm and comfy clothing
  • Fuzzy socks
  • Moisturizer
  • Blankets
  • Icy cold towel
  • Puzzle books
  • Card games
  • BPA-free water bottle
  • Please only include items that are UNOPENED and UNUSED
Items not to include: 
  • Perishable items
  • Sharp objects
  • Nut food products
  • Religious or political items
  • Alcohol

Delivery Options

*If your kit has a prepaid return label, apply that label to the outside of the box and send it back to Project Helping for distribution. 

Distribution options if your kit does not have a prepaid return label:

  • Keep the bag and give it to a veteran you know
  • Drop your kit off at a local VA hospital for them to distribute to a veteran.

If you don’t have a prepaid label, but you would like to send your kit back to Project Helping, click HERE.

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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  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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