crafting it forward

“No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted.” —Aesop

In hopes of talking less and doing more when it comes to helping others, I’ve started a series I’m calling Good Samaritan Saturday. On Saturday mornings, I’ll post a little something you can do to start your weekend out with positive vibes by helping to lift someone else up…

crafting it forward

This week I want to talk about Crafting It Forward. Before I start, I’m going to be totally up front with you and let you know that I have not tried it out myself. But I do think their mission is reason enough to talk about them.

So, what is it?

Crafting It Forward is a monthly subscription box full of crafting supplies that your family can use together. There are enough supplies inside for two crafts and the directions leave room for your little boogers to use their imaginations. Sounds fun, right?

We haven’t talked about the best part!

In each box, there is an address on a sticker label for a children’s hospital or for a senior center. The idea is that once you and your kids have created warm and fuzzy memories getting crafty together, you send the craft and a little note about your family to the address you’ve been given. Get it? You’re paying those warm fuzzies feelings forward. I love it!

Another option is sponsoring a child. For an additional $8 a month, a box will be sent directly to a sick child at their home or healthcare facility so that they can do a little crafting of their own.

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Here’s what Candace, momma of three and the creator of Crafting It Forward says about how and why she started it:

My mother was a kindergarten teacher for over 20 years and some of the greatest memories I have with her involved a glue stick and a big bag of craft supplies. Creating a magical environment came naturally to her and because of it, my sister and I benefited greatly…. Aside from spending time with my sister and me, my parents were always looking for a way to help others around them. Their car always had a tub of canned food and stuffed animals in the trunk just in case we saw someone in need. We spent time in homeless shelters and played croquet every Saturday with our older neighbors. It was truly an incredible experience for which I am grateful for.

Fast forward 20 years later and I found myself struggling to bring my kids the same experience. It seemed frustrating and I felt lost. Trips to the craft store became expensive and it was similar to cooking a new recipe without the cookbook.  What was supposed to be a time to bond with my 3 children, became a disappointment that cost me $78 at the local craft store. From there finding the opportunity to bless those in need with my children in tow,  seemed tricky, and took lots of planning. From this feeling,  I was motivated to create change in my family. This is where the concept of Crafting It Forward was born.

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Have you tried Crafting It Forward yet? I want to know what you think if you have!

Written by Jennifer Garry
Jen is a freelance writer and girl mom from New York. When she's not knee-deep in glittery crafts and girl talk, you can probably find her sprawled across her couch in the middle of a Netflix marathon with dark chocolate smeared on her face. The struggle is real.