by Loura Lawrence
Four years ago I was stuck in bed for several months. To give my hands and mind something to do during that time, I revisited my childhood passion of beading by making little window charms out of a broken mobile I loved.
Those little sun catchers really cheered me up! I enjoyed seeing them glow and sparkle, sometimes casting little rays of light everywhere. Ever since then I have made little mobiles and suncatcher/window charms from time to time.
I had always wanted to bring these to people stuck in bed to help cheer them up, and a lady I recently talked to online encouraged me to do just that, but in the form of craft kits.
Many years ago, this woman’s daughter had struggled with a long medical condition, and one of the things that helped pass the time was making crafts and decorating the hospital room. Soon after our conversation I
had another one with my local children’s hospital.
“We would love to have those for our patients!” said the cheerful Child Life Department representative. And that is how “Happy Kits 4 Kids” was born. These little craft kits are donated to hospitals, and the Child Life rep I spoke with said they would take as many as we could give! That is exciting news, but I’m gonna need some help.
3 Ways to Help!
1. Monetary Donations
These mobiles are pretty simple, but for this on-going project we’re gonna need a lot of supplies! Your contributions will go toward the purchase of supplies, helping to get the word out, and gas/shipping charges to get these little kits to young patients. You can make a donation via PayPal here.
2. Supplies Donations
We are looking for the following items to make our Happy Kits: Colorful wire, 22-18 gauge; pony beads, plastic beads, metal beads, wood beads, flat buttons, ziplock bags for packing, paper for printing instructions.
If you have any other suggestions or questions about these or other possible supplies, please contact us using the form below.
To make this a success, we can’t do it on our own! Would you like to join our team of awesome volunteers to help package and maybe even deliver these craft kits? Please send me an email, or fill out the form below.
We don’t have a website right now, but you can follow us on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/HappyKits4Kids/