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(Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own.)
My children and I just completed an amazing community service project with a group of friends using a WeeWork For Good kit. This activity allowed everyone involved to get creative and to pass along a wish to children who may not otherwise get the opportunity to celebrate their birthday.
Using the Birthday Lights Kit, we made a hand-crafted decorative box in the shape of a birthday cake. We even attached a tealight on top of the cake to light up like a candle. Inside the box, we included a few gifts for the children: a birthday card, birthday badge, colorful lollipop, birthday crown, party blower, and a miniature birthday cake keepsake. The children really had a blast decorating the box, badge, and crown with all the items that came in the kit, such as gemstones, ribbon, and crepe paper. You will also need some of your own glue, scissors, and markers, crayons, or paint. Finally, they put their heart into writing sweet messages on the birthday cards.
About WeeWork For Good
WeeWork for Good is a social good business whose mission is to provide funding to WeeWork Foundation, their charitable arm which supports children’s programs and organizations that instill a lifelong spirit of compassion in youth of all ages. It was created by three moms who spent hundreds of hours helping others in their communities and learning how to teach children about compassion. They designed several creative project kits for children to make a difference in other people’s lives.
The WeeWork kit includes easy-to-follow instructions and a helpful booklet explaining why we were making these special items. It gives you the perfect talking points to have a meaningful conversation with your children throughout the activity.
The premise behind this project is that by building this special birthday gift and sharing it with someone else, we are passing along a wish that all children can celebrate their birthday every year. It helps our children realize that they have so much to be grateful for and the importance of giving to others who are less fortunate.
Finally, a super bonus of every WeeWork kit is a card explaining how to reuse the packaging materials. I was particularly impressed by this environmentally-friendly aspect of the kit. It takes the project to a whole other level, giving you tools to teach your children about helping the earth. Some of the reuse/recycle suggestions include:
- Turning your shipping box into a gift box.
- Using the packaging material to enhance this project or for other art projects.
- Saving the folder to store craft supplies, school work, or other papers.
- We saved the extra gemstones and other art supplies for future craft projects.
How Your Family Can Enjoy A WeeWork Project
WeeWork makes it so easy for parents to do volunteer work with children in the comfort of their home. Each kit contains a ready-to-make project containing educational activities and all the craft supplies necessary that conveniently arrive at your doorstep. In addition to the Birthday Lights project, you can choose from the following kits:
- Wag a Tail: Create a gift for a furry friend while learning how important love is to an animal. Read more about when we made this kit and donated it to a locate animal rescue.
- Cards For Stars Project: Show your support for military men and women overseas. This kit includes all the supplies to create cards that military members can use to send back to their loved ones.
- Polar Bear Power: Create a good wish craft to send to a child who may need a little extra support or encouragement, such as a foster child or a boy or girl facing a medical challenge.
- Reading With Buddy: Create a plush monkey and graduation cap while learning about the power of reading.
All of these kits would make an extra special gift for a child for their birthday, during holiday time, to celebrate a successful school year, or just because. The kits are also great to use during birthday parties, sleepovers, playdates, and school functions or with sports teams, children’s organizations, religious groups, and corporate volunteer events.
And An Amazing Book, Too
In addition to developing several project kits, WeeWork For Good released a meaningful children’s book that teaches the importance of giving to others. Filled with vivid, cheerful illustrations, Wee Walk in Someone Else’s Shoes is a story about a girl and boy in elementary school who learn that they have the power to make a difference in the world. Read my book review.
Who We Helped
We decided to donate the five birthday kits that our group made to our local chapter of SOS Children’s Villages. Based in 134 countries and territories around the world, SOS Children’s Villages helps hundreds of thousands of children each year through family-based alternative care, schools, health centers, family strengthening programs, and other community-based work. The organization promises “Healing, Hope and Home for Every Child”, assuring that children growing up in the Village have a safe and secure home. They create a nurturing and vibrant environment with an array of services to help them overcome their past traumas and build a successful future.
What are some of the ways your family has participated in child volunteering opportunities in your community?
*This post was sponsored by WeeWork For Good in the form of complimentary products.