Guest Author - Deborah L. Kompare
We are quickly approaching Labor Day. Traditionally, our family displays our American Flag and we remember those who are serving our country, or have served our country. I know this is not the original meaning to this holiday, but it is the way that I like to celebrate it. What really brought this home to me was when my son was performing with his song and dance ensemble this month (August) at one of the local veteransí homes. The veterans enjoyed the show so much, and I was moved to tears feeling grateful for all they have done for us and our country. It would be great to offer some token of our appreciation, and these people loved the fact the teens stayed after the show and simply talked with them. The group has decided that for the holidays, they would like to have some handmade items to give to the residents of the different homes where they usually do some performances.
What types of things could your children do? Really, just about anything would be wonderful. Do they like to make cards? The cards do not have to have a patriotic theme. Thinking of you, how are you today, or simply ďhelloĒ would brighten their day. Fancy kits arenít necessary-simply use construction paper and your imagination. Many of those in facilities donít have family or friends who visit, so they would appreciate something made by a child. For some supplies for making cards, check out my article reviewing Craft Caravan. This company has some very nice kits that has all the supplies you need to make a variety of cards.
Would you like to be a bit more creative, or does your child like to make things? Are you wondering what to make? Some ideas are key chains, sun catchers, door knob hangers, beaded items, pom pom animals or any small item that can be hung up or not take too much space if sat out, such as clay items or other small sculpture ideas. When my Girl Scout troop made some crafts to send to the troops, we decided to make Godís eyes. As a child, I enjoyed making them, and it presented a new challenge to them! Iíve added some links at the end of the article to a few craft ideas. Also, I will post some ideas in the forum to be shared.
Take the items to the facility or mail them to the troops. One of my Girl Scout families had someone serving overseas last year, and one of the things my Brownies did was make key chains. No, they werenít used for keys; they were hung up in the tents to decorate the soldiersí living spaces. In addition to the key chains, we collected nonperishable food items and personal hygiene items to send. We also received a very nice thank you note from them.
If you are able to make some crafts and do give them to our veterans, or those currently serving our country, please stop by the forum and let us know what you did. It is such an inspiration to hear from you and itís fun sharing ideas.