Holiday Stockings for Kids in Foster Care/Group Homes

  • Location
    Marshall, Michigan
  • Status
  • Age Level
    5 to 7 Years
    8 to 10 Years
    11 to 13 Years

The Problem

Many kids spend holidays in foster care or in group homes. We would like to help make those holidays happy ones for them.

Our Plan

We contributed stockings, decorations, and items to fill them with.

Themes Addressed

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    Displaced People
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The Benefit

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Here is how the project went:

It was hectic and busy. Kids worked cooperatively in pairs or groups of three to decorate stockings that were donated. Many stockings had themes for different age groups and interests - like pets, dance, music, etc. The stockings were filled with small gifts and delivered by Roots and Shoots members and a chaperone.

Through this project I/we learned:

One of our adult volunteers provided background information about programs she has worked with, and explained the differences between foster care and group homes. We learned to think about the needs and wants of others, and to try to look at the world from the point-of-view of someone we had not meant. The goal was to share something fun and positive.

What I/we might change:

We had too many people and too wide of an age range (first grade through twelfth grade) and it might have been better to have divided into two groups.

My/our favorite part of this project was:

It felt wonderful to make something for someone you have not met. It was fun and creative and we all got into the holiday spirit.

Some tips, tricks or fun facts about the project:

Be careful with hot glue guns! Usually just adults should use them.

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