I've been wanting to create opportunities for my 5 year old to give back and to encourage the Maker spirit, it'd be something that allows children to use their imagination and creativity to help another child. So this holiday, I decided to kick off a send a smile effort for children and family spending the holidays at the Seattle Children's Hospital.
To send smiles to brighten a child's day, I created card templates with various shapes for children to draw on. 200 cards were printed and Office Depot actually gave 5% of the fees back to the schools where the students participated in the effort. Two schools were involved ranging across kindergarteners to fifth graders.
When the cards came back after a week, I was blown away by the creativity and it truly brought a smile to my face. Seeing the characters on the card prompted me to consider attaching little stuffy to them to make it even more special. With IKEA donating $1 to a children's charity for every stuffy purchased, I thought it'd be a perfect match. This combination helped us stretch our efforts even further!
When it was time to package things up, I wrapped the cards with a tag attributing the support to the teachers and students who contributed to the effort. It was a very special project to work on with my 5 year old and hope something we'll continue as a tradition every holiday.
Self-taught illustrator, entrepreneur and maker, making ways to turn interest into passion and career.