Young Readers

Classic Kynd Kit

Gratitude Practice

Let's start by taking a moment to practice gratitude.
  • What was a book that inspired you as a child?  
  • How has reading positively impacted your life?

The Recipient

This kit was designed with Everybody Wins DC. Everybody Wins DC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating engaging, enriching experiences for kids in the Washington DC area. Thank you for supporting our students! This year, they will distribute over 10,000 books that highlight diverse characters, elevate marginalized voices, and promote equity, inclusion and social justice to kids in the DC area. Each and every one of those books will also have a hidden surprise: a personal, encouraging note from you, the volunteer. A note from Everybody Wins DC: Thank you for making reading even more exciting and transformative for our students! 

While these kits were designed with Everybody Wins DC, they can be used to help anyone looking to engage young readers.

The Reason

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.

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 cards and matching envelope
  • Enclosed materials such as markers, stickers, etc.
2. Write your letter and decorate the card.
  • In every single one of the thousands of books which we distribute each year, Everybody Wins D.C. includes a personal note from volunteers to a book recipient. Your notes will help inspire and excite a new generation of readers. 
  • 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
        • Do not include your full name/identifying information
        • Get creative! Use any paper, cards, drawings, sticker, and poems. No glitter, please! 
        • Write from the heart! What does reading mean to you? What makes it a special experience?
*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 Canvas Bag

  • 1. Find the following items:
    • Canvas bag
    • Markers
  • 2. Decorate the canvas bag.
    • Use the permanent markers to decorate the canvas bag.
*Helpful tip: place a piece of paper or cardboard in the bag before drawing to prevent the marker from bleeding through.

DIY Bookmark

1. Find the following items:
  • Bookmark
  • Markers
2. Decorate the bookmark!

Decorate the Library Card Pockets

1. Find the following items:
  • Library Card Pockets
  • Markers, sticker, etc.
2. Decorate the library card pockets.
  • Make these fun and colorful. These go on the inside of the books that Everybody Wins D.C. distributes
    * TIP: Can’t think of what to write, draw a picture!

Create and Record a Book Talk

In each Book Talk, a special guest reader shares their love of reading with students. You’ll give a short introduction to a book that inspired you, personally or professionally. These Book Talks will be added to Everybody Wins DC online Shared Reading Library, hosted on their YouTube Channel.

1. Book Talk guidelines

2. Outlining your Book Talk
3. Book Talks Guidelines – Going Live
  • 4. Submitting your Recorded Book Talk 

Pack the Kit

  • Pack all of the materials into the original box.
  • Add any optional items you would like.
  •  Small books
  • Additional bookmarks
  • Please only include items that are UNOPENED and UNUSED
Items not to include:
  • Perishable items
  • Sharp Objects
  • Nut food products
  • Religious or political items

Delivery Options

  • Return your completed kit to be distributed to Everybody Wins DC. 
    To get a return label, click HERE.

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


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 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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