A while ago I told you about the Blog 4 Cause Campaign, an initiative created by my friends Amy of Teach Mama and Allie of No Time for Flashcards. I wanted to involve my sons in projects they could relate to. There’s an amazing children’s hospital near where we live, where they knew their cousin’s cousin, Matthew, had spent the better part of a year waiting for a second heart transplant (which he miraculously received!) before finally returning home.
A little boy my own boys had never met, but whom they had talked about, asked about, and prayed for. They knew him as a little boy like them. A little boy who likes light sabers and ninjas, and who wanted to be healthy — and home. This experience made Primary Children’s Medical Center an ideal cause for my boys.
Primary Children’s Medical Center is a phenomenal children’s hospital. They are not only one of the best places from a medical standpoint, they also do a tremendous job of meeting the needs of the whole child as well as the child’s family. On the list of desired donation items, which they use to engage the children staying in the hospital, I noticed playdough and craft kits. I wanted to give my kids a chance to really get involved in the project, so I thought I’d have them help create playdough cupcake kits (inspired by this post from NurtureStore). Nothing like the combination of playdough and party-style cupcakes to make a child smile!
I gathered the items we would need (including baggies for organizing it all) and printed up these labels.
My boys filled small baggies with the supplies, and trimmed pipe cleaners to different sizes. As we worked we talked a little about the children who might receive them and how they might play with the supplies in the kit.
We put the kits together into gallon sized bags. Everything you need to make a few playdough cupcakes!
If you’d like to do a service project for Primary Children’s Medical Center, you can check out their information here.
I loved reading about Matthew’s own experience giving service during his stay at Primary Children’s. As his dad recorded on the hospital’s blog, friends of Matthew’s created gift bags this summer — not for him to use, but for him to give away to other children at the hospital. As his mom said, the opportunity for him to serve others when he was still so sick himself, was “the best gift and teaching moment he has ever received”.
That’s the same experience we hope the Blog 4 Cause initiative will bring to many more children. To realize that they can serve — no matter their size or circumstance — and shift their attention from themselves to the needs of others. And in the process, they stand to gain something as well.
If you’ve been inspired to work for a cause with your little ones, please link up below and add to the tally here. Share your experience and motivate others to get little hands together to make a big difference!