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April 26, 2011

Before moving out of state in 2008, I used to volunteer regularly for the Alexandra Chiles Foundation. I hosted a number of "craft kit assembly parties" and invited friends of all ages to participate. It was a fun way to volunteer while socializing with friends. The craft kits provided by this foundation offers hospitalized children a creative outlet that can be performed from the bed if needed. It also helps patients and guests deal with challenging circumstances by providing them with an interactive activity. Finally, the foundation relies heavily on local teen volunteers to assemble the craft kits for their peers, other teens and children in local hospitals.

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the community. I've witnessed how much these kits mean to friends of mine who were hospitalized as children (and wish they had things like this then!) and heard countless stories and testimonials from those who have witnessed the craft kits in action.

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find a way to replicate it in other local communities. Part of the power comes from fact that volunteers assemble the craft kits and hand write a gift card tag. All kits have stickers placed on them with the name of the organization that assembled the kits. This cannot be mass produced in a factory so it is vital to have lots of volunteers to assemble the kits. Also, it would be great to get some corporate sponsorships from jewelry supply companies.

Volunteer & Assembled craft kits for children in local hospitals.