Many people are familiar with the Samaritan's Purse Shoebox Gift project that provides thousands of children with Christmas gifts every year. It is a great charity outreach with which my family has participated for several years. However, I have seen many churches, civic groups, individuals, and businesses take this idea and adapt it for other charitable purposes. Including giving Christmas gifts to foster children and children of military families. They are also a great way to help families who face the trauma of losing their home, and not just at Christmas. Giving year round is an idea that is promoted by Samaritan's Purse. In my experience DIYers, are particularly adept at finding ways to give comfort. Combining the nearly limitless talents of Makers/DIYers with a box gift seemed like a fantastic idea.
Today's blog will not be limited to fiber artists. Many talents can be used to make this memory box idea work for many different emergency situations. Like most people, my family and I have been through difficult situations like hurricanes, a house fire, floods ect.. These are trying times during which people need all the support they can get. Emergencies tend to bring out the best in people because our neighborhood isn't just a collection of houses, it's a collection of human beings. Having a gifting box or two on hand for emergencies creates a sense of hope for both the giver and the one receiving.
When I was shopping on Michael's Stores online a couple of days ago I noticed that they had Memory Boxes on sale for $2.99. Very attractively decorated boxes with a metal label holder on the front of each box. I thought what a cool storage box and then the idea dawned on me that they would make good boxes for emergency gifting. Moreover, the boxes are available many places and can be purchased on sale or with a coupon making it easier to gift beautifully! The label holder helps keep the gift boxes organized. The box itself makes a lovely reusable gift in of itself.
These memory gift boxes are great projects to do with friends. Whether it's your scrapbooking club (in that case you probably have some of these memory boxes already) or you and your BFF this project is great for building stronger friendships. Encouraging even very young children to join in this type of project teaches giving isn't limited to birthdays and Christmas. (Kids love to give!) So many more positives! If you've ever faced an emergency you know what it means to have someone think of you in those moments. I'm going to use the memory gift box as my model because they are pretty readily available to us.
DIYers have so many options. Just think about what you would like to receive yourself during an emergency. Something comforting, something distracting, something to help you feel special? All of the above? If you work on this project with a group of friends or family the ideas will probably far out number the boxes LOL. Breaking it down by age, as they do for Samaritan's Purse, let's take a look at some DIY projects.
Children age 2-4:
Children ages 5-9:
These DIYers Memory Gift Boxes are sure to help alleviate some stress. I am never very good at visiting people in an emergency without something in hand to bring comfort. I like this memory box idea because it can be a GOOD memory from those who really care. Thank you for reading the blog today. Thankyou also, for caring for others.
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