This year I wanted to come up with a way to teach our girls how to extend gratitude, thankfulness and most of all kindness to those around them from us as a family. A way to show the people who may pass through their lives a that we appreciate and care for them. Thanks to my friends and a bit of brainstorming we came up with the idea of a Random Act of Kindness project.
I based it on the idea of the Blessings Baggies we had done one year with our Girl Scout Troop but instead of filling them with hygenic products like we did for the homeless shelter I wanted to include items that could be used as a mini Winter’s Day Survival Bag. Just a little something we could pass out to our mailperson, trash collectors and those we know face the cold daily during the winter months.
Winter’s Day Survival Bags
After thinking on it a bit I came up with the following items:
We all know how uncomfortable it can be to be outside and have cold hands/fingers. Hand warmers are something I discovered during my Teenager’s Marching Band days and they were life savers for him. You can usually buy a pack of 7 pair for less than $10.
The winter wind can be brutal to your lips and ChapStick is the perfect way to hep protect your skin from the damage. For less than $3 you can pruchase a pack of 3.
Runny noses are nearly impossible to avoid during the winter months and everyone could use a pack of tissues on hand just in case. You can get a pack of 8 for less than $3.
The lotion pictured is EOS ($4 each) simply because it is my favorite but you can also purchase a less expensive brand for less than $3. I have seen the EOS brand at the dollar store before, you might be able to grab a deal.
Working outside often means you may come into contact with things that aren’t the cleanest so having a bit of hand sanitizer on hand can be great when you can’t always get to soap and water. You can grab a travel sized sanitizer for less than $3.
So if you plan on giving out between 5-10 Winter Survival Kits you can easily do it for under $50 and still be able to give your children the chance to spread a bit of kindness to those around them.
What else would you include in a Winter Survival Kit?
Do you have any Random Acts Of Kindness you do as a family?