Spotlight on Service: Mailboxes of love for the Boys and Girls Club of Placerville

This Spotlight on Service comes to us from the capital of California, Sacramento. A kind and caring family, Leena, Anand, Avani and Krish Mehta held a community service birthday party! The 25 children that attended learned about youth that the Boys and Girls Club of Placerville serve. The party goers took some time to assemble mailboxes filled with little goodies for the club’s kids…because everyone needs a special delivery of love!

Leena Mehta, a parent who attended Addie Plevyak’s Charity Birthday party (Charity Birthday Party), felt inspired to incorporate a community service aspect into an upcoming birthday party for her two children, Avani and Krish. Kelli Plevyak, a board member for Little Hands Can (and mama to Addie Plevyak), started brainstorming ideas with Leena on what project her attendees could have fun doing while learning about helping their community. We found some cute little metal mailboxes at a local store and decided to fill them with goodies for the young children that the local Boys and Girls Club of Placerville serve.  The Boys and Girls Club of Placerville’s mission is to;

…to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. We envision a future in which the Boys & Girls Club Movement is a catalyst for a new age in America, an age in which success is within the reach of every child, and whole generations of children are inspired to a level of civic engagement not seen since the founding of our nation. (http://www.bgce.org/what-we-do/)

The Boys and Girls Club of Placerville has four programs that enriches the lives of the kids that they serve. They are; Academic Success, Good Character and Citizenship, Healthy Lifestyles and the Nutritional Food Program. Their Good Character and Citizenship program aligned perfectly with the message that we wanted to impart on the Mehta birthday party attendees. According to their website;

We have a responsibility to teach our young kids how to be good and responsible members of the community they live in. The vast majority of our kids come from broken homes and impoverished circumstances. Quite often these kids do not get the moral compass skills they need to be the best they can be. Targeted programming for our young men and women focuses on providing our young people with opportunities to do the right thing and act the right way. Community service projects are designed and implemented by leadership groups made up of our Club members for the betterment of their community. The Club recognizes that teaching our young men and women the importance of growing into men and women of integrity and strong character is a huge factor in fostering a healthy community now and in the future. The leaders of tomorrow are the youth we serve today. (http://www.bgce.org/new-page-2/)

To tie into this great message, during the birthday party we discussed kindness, community service, and helping those in need. As we introduced the project, we explained that it would help show the kids that attend the Boys and Girls Club of Placerville that they are cared about. The 25 birthday party attendees, ages 1 to 10, eagerly decorated the mailboxes, stuffed them with fun little goodies and wrote personalized notes to put into each mailbox.

Preparing the materials for the mailboxes.

Preparing the materials for the mailboxes.

Each birthday attendee had a mailbox, baggy of goodies to stuff into the mailbox, a notecard to write a personalized note on and markers to decorate the outside of the mailbox with. 

Each birthday attendee had a mailbox, baggy of goodies to stuff into the mailbox, a notecard to write a personalized note on and markers to decorate the outside of the mailbox with. 

Hard at work!

Hard at work!

The kids decorated and stuffed 20 mailboxes and 5 big water bottles (for the older kids).  

The kids decorated and stuffed 20 mailboxes and 5 big water bottles (for the older kids).  

Nyla worked hard to make her mailbox extra special. She really wanted to bring a big smile to the face of a young child, like her!

Nyla worked hard to make her mailbox extra special. She really wanted to bring a big smile to the face of a young child, like her!

Prior to handing out the mailboxes to the kids at the Boys and Girls Club, Addie (left) and Avani (right) spent some time organizing the mailboxes. Gold and silver for boys and pink and teal for girls!

Prior to handing out the mailboxes to the kids at the Boys and Girls Club, Addie (left) and Avani (right) spent some time organizing the mailboxes. Gold and silver for boys and pink and teal for girls!

Handing out the mailboxes. The room was bursting with excitement!

Handing out the mailboxes. The room was bursting with excitement!

Avani and Addie celebrated with a big hug after they finished handing out their mailboxes full of love!

Avani and Addie celebrated with a big hug after they finished handing out their mailboxes full of love!

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Kelli worked in the technology industry for 20 years before taking time off to raise her children.