Simple Service: Cards and Cookies for Seniors

Service Project: Deliver cookies and cards to an assisted living community

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cost: $5

Duration: 1 hour (this does not include the time to deliver the cards and cookies)

Lesson(s) learned: Show kindness to others during the holiday season

How we did it:

With the holidays upon us, it’s the perfect time to make a difference in the life of a senior. Some seniors who live in assisted living facilities rarely see family members. During the holidays, this can be especially challenging for them. If you’re making a batch of cookies or other goodies, why not double the batch and deliver some to a local assisted living facility? Handmade cards from a child is like chicken soup for the soul! Couple that with cookies and life just got a whole lot sweeter. Doing these two easy things will surely brighten the day of a lovely senior. 

Addison recently had a service-themed birthday party and she had 14 friends, ages 2 – 4, that decorated autumn inspired cards for our local assisted living community. They had a blast doing it and enjoying hearing about how their handmade cards would bring a smile to someone’s face.

The day after her party, the do-gooding continued! Addison had her friends, Jason and Zoe over to make cookies to deliver along with the cards. Jason was a master at adding the ingredients and Zoe kept a watchful eye over his performance. 

What you will need to make the cookies:

Your favorite recipe? A holiday staple like sugar cookies? Whatever you pick, make it with love and they will sure to be enjoyed!

What you will need to make autumn inspired cards:

10 sheets of 8 ½ x 10 green colored paper

2 sheets of 8 ½ x 10 orange colored paper

3 sheets of 8 ½ x 10 plain white paper

Crayons, markers, glitter….anything you want to use to decorate the cards with

Scissors

Glue

First, gather all your supplies for the card project. The initial preparation will involve printing off the templates included here.

Print the Card Template on green paper.

Print the Pumpkin Template on orange paper.

Print the Tree Template on plain white paper.

The next steps are as easy as 1, 2, 3, 4! Have your children;

1)    Cut out the trees and the pumpkins

2)    Fold the green Card Template paper in half (to make a bi-fold card)

3)    Paste the pumpkin on the front, the tree inside

4)    Decorate with love and sign your name

 Assemble everything and head out to deliver some kindness!

I love how this project is easy to do but is so impactful. Addison saw how many faces lit up when she came into the room. Everyone was excited to learn everything about her and they were extremely touched to receive the cards that she handed out. Kindness matters!

Have fun creating your cards and cookies! 

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