Disclosure: We were provided with a sample box to facilitate this review. All opinions are our own.
That might sound bad – that I throw away my kids crafts after their done. But to be fair, my kids love to make crafts. They make crafts every day. My house can only hold SO MANY CRAFTS. Finally I have found a craft that I will never throw away AND it comes with a lesson in giving.
Little Loving Hands
If you come to my house, DO NOT open the black cupboard in the laundry room. If you do you might find yourself knocked to the floor by an avalanche of crafts my kids have made (I know because it’s happened to me). Seriously – what am I to do with all of these treasures?!? To be honest – I’ve just recently started to keep only my favorites, pawn what I can off on the grandparents and toss the rest in the garbage while my kids aren’t looking. Shh! I truly do love that my kids are using their creativity and hands to create things, I do – but there comes a point when you simply can’t keep it all.
Recently I was introduced to a company called Little Loving Hands and I want to shout it out to the world that I have been enamored with them ever since. Not only does this company mail the supplies that my kids would need to make a craft to our door on a monthly basis, but they also pre-arrange a recipient for us to mail the completed craft back to after the kids are finished making it (in a pre-paid envelope none the less!). But that’s not the best part! The best part about Little Loving Hands is that they choose recipients who are something like kids in need, the elderly, or the homeless and then design a craft to make that will somehow benefit the recipient. How incredible is that??!!!?
Teaching Kids to Use Their Talents to Serve
When the very first box arrived to our house my kids could barely get the box open fast enough – they simply could not wait to see what they were going to be making for whom. I had told them about the program before the kit arrived and they immediately lit up with excitement – they didn’t yet know who they would be benefiting or what they would be making but it didn’t matter to them. They were going to be able to use their passions and talents to serve others and they felt great about it!
Our first monthly box was created to benefit Enchanted Makeovers – a Michigan based company that goes into women and children’s shelters and gives the bedrooms uplifting makeovers to help it feel more like home. Our mission was to create a pillow with the words “LOVE” painted on it – as well as make a small wooden game of matching hearts.
Everything we needed to create these crafts arrived in that box – as well as a certificate of achievement and a small button for the kids to keep afterwards. We got to work right away – watch our progression from box arrival to completion.
How You Can Get Involved
Finding ways to allow kids to nourish their desire to give and finding ways to teach them empathy can be difficult – especially when they are still quite young. Little Loving Hands is a wonderful first way to reinforce that loving behavior that I know I want my kids to have. Plus, it’s never to late to start – each month Little Loving Hands sends out a different craft to benefit a different charity. If you or a kids you know would like to serve with their talent of crafting – pop on over to the Little Loving Hands website and sign up. Subscriptions start at $20/month with a 12 month subscription and with a subscription shipping is always free. You can also choose to try a single box at first without signing up.
Do you know of someone who would love to get involved with this? Go ahead and share this with them – or simply pin it to your Pinterest board to help spread the word.
Together, we can make this world a more caring place and enable our children to have a big impact. – Lily Yeh, CEO and Founder