The newly formed Saturday Club Kids program officially kicked off this Wednesday afternoon with a fantastic turn out and fun for all. More than 30 children attended, along with their moms who are all members of The Saturday Club. The kids enjoyed learning about ways they can have a positive impact on their community, starting with small acts of kindness at home.
Kids Kindness Jars
Kindness jars were given to each child who joined. They personalized their jars to make them their own, and each child was very proud of their work. The kids came up with great ways to be kind to each other, and loved learning about what the Kids Club will be about. At end of The Saturday Club year, each child will be able to donate the money they earned to one of three organizations. As parents find them being kind, helpful, or caring, they are encouraged to contribute to their Kindness Jar. The kids came up with a list of some ways they plan to be kind:
• Playing with a sibling
• Complimenting another person
• Sharing a toy
• Following parents directions
• Taking turns
• Helping out around the house, or doing chores
Below are two websites that provide some creative ideas for parents to encourage these acts of kindness. At each Kids Club meeting, we will talk to the children, and come up with more ideas to keep the momentum going throughout the year.
Over the summer the kids and their families collected personal care items from hotels as they traveled on vacation. At the event the children put them to good use and created a personal care bundle for families with children who are sick at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Each bundle was hand-picked by a child, and then accompanied by a hand-drawn picture and note. Our hope is that while these families are in a time of crisis, we can give them a little smile and let them know we are thinking of them. The bundles included, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, soap, and a little extra special something the children picked out. Watching the children do this project warmed the hearts of the parents who helped, as each and every one of them was very proud of their result. Children ages 2-14 created 100 bundles for families at CHOP. We would like to extend a special thanks to the Boston Consulting Group Philadelphia Office, as many of their consultants and staff members contributed products from their work trips this summer as well.
Thank you to all of the families that joined us for the Kids Club kick off event, your support helped create a successful event for the children. The next Kids Club service event, PJs and a Movie to support the Plaid Pajamas Project, will take place on December 14th at 6pm.