Projects & Crafts for Charity – Fun Activities to do at Home

For anyone needing some positive and productive things to do at home, either themselves or with kids, hopefully you can find something from this list that will use up some creative energy and also help spread kindness and joy!

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The Confetti Foundation *great activity for kids*

The Mission
They send personalized birthday boxes to children in the hospital!

The Need
Birthday banners + homemade birthday cards

How YOU Can Help
Cut out and string up cute birthday banners – instructions and templates here
Color fun homemade birthday cards – coloring tips here
*BONUS* To help me celebrate my birthday, I will send you some to color! Request some here!
Mail to: The Confetti Foundation, 212 Old Airport Rd, Middletown, RI 02842

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Best Friends Animal Society *great physical activity*

The Mission
Their app records miles walked and translates them into $$ for a variety of animal welfare organizations!

The Need
People that walk and/or run

How YOU Can Help
Download the ResQwalk app, pick your favorite animal welfare partner from the list, start the app, and go for a walk, run or any outdoor activity that can be measured by GPS. Watch the $$ add up!

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Cardz for Kidz *great activity for kids*

The Mission
They send homemade uplifting cards to children in hospitals and Ronald McDonald Houses around the world!

The Need
Homemade colored cards with a positive message inside

How YOU Can Help
Request some cards to color here
Print and color your own here*
Instructions and tips here
*Read how I, (the author of this blog, Carla Sue Travels) help deliver cards when I travel here*
Mail to: Cardz for Kidz, 323 East Wacker Drive #11, Chicago, IL, 60601

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A Million Thanks *great activity for kids*

The Mission
They collect millions of letters of thanks and support and send them directly to our active, reserve, and veteran military!

The Need
Handwritten letters and/or cards of appreciation and support for our military, past and present

How YOU Can Help
Write a letter or in a card and be creative! Talk about yourself and maybe draw a picture too! Tell them their service does not go unnoticed.
Mail to: A Million Thanks, 17853 Santiago Blvd, Suite 107, Villa Park, CA 92861-4199

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FOR PET LOVERS *great activity for kids*

The Mission
Share delicious dog treats with shelter pups

The Need
Healthy and delicious homemade dog treats

How YOU Can Help
Have fun learning in the kitchen together by making some of these 5 ingredients or less dog treats
Drop off at your local animal shelter

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Project Night Night *great activity for kids*

The Mission
They help homeless children have sweeter dreams with Night Night Packages (a new security blanket, an age-appropriate book and a stuffed animal inside of a new canvas tote bag)!

The Need
Gently used books appropriate for ages 0 to pre-teen

How YOU Can Help
Have your kids go through their books and pick 5 (or more) to share and donate to other children that need them
Mail to: Project Night Night, 22655 Heatherbrae Way, Novi, MI 48375 (please wait until health conditions are safe and stable before mailing)

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Knots of Love *for those that enjoy knitting*

The Mission
They donate caps and blankets to cancer patients and others with life-threatening illnesses!

The Need
Crocheted or knitted beanies and blankets

How YOU Can Help
Browse their patterns and get to stitching
Mail to: Knots of Love, 2973 Harbor Blvd. #822, Costa Mesa, CA  92626

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Love for the Elderly – LETTER WRITING *great activity for kids*

The Mission
They send friendly letters to elderly facilities around the country to bring love and kindness to our elders!

The Need
Handwritten letters – from kids and adults

How YOU Can Help
Take a few minutes to write a letter to an elder (a stranger) telling them about yourself, maybe a joke or a riddle and let them know that they are loved
You can use this super cute FREE PRINTABLE from my fav Joy Creative Shop
Mail to: Love For The Elderly, P. O. Box 24248, Cleveland, OH 44124

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LEGO Replay *great activity for kids*

The Mission
They share the power of play by sending used LEGOs to children in need!

The Need
Any and all kinds of LEGOs, big and small – they don’t have to be full sets

How YOU Can Help
Go through your LEGO collection and box up any that ya’ll don’t use anymore; print the free shipping label here

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Chemo Angels

The Mission
They connect chemo patients with a “buddy” that supports them throughout their journey with cards, uplifting messages, supportive words and lots of positive energy!

The Need
Traditional Chemo Angels, Card Angels or Prayer Angels (varying levels of commitments)

How YOU Can Help
Read the descriptions to decide which type of angeling is best for you

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Little Dresses for Africa *for those that enjoy sewing*

The Mission
They plant in the hearts of little girls in Africa that they are worthy by sending cute new dresses for them!

The Need
Pillowcase dresses for girls

How YOU Can Help
Round up your old pillowcases, pick a pattern, and sew your heart out
Mail to: Little Dresses for Africa, 21805 Woodruff Road, Rockwood, MI 48173

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Crisis Text Hotline

The Mission
They connect every texter in need with a real-life human being trained to bring them from a hot moment to a cool calm!

The Need
Volunteers willing to donate their time to helping people in crisis

How YOU Can Help
Become a volunteer and using their web-based platform, you can provide support via text to people who are facing a wide range of issues such as bullying, self-harm, suicidal thoughts and more

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Ronald McDonald House Dallas

The Mission
They house and serve families that travel to DFW for medical treatment (for seriously ill or injured children)!

The Need
Volunteers have been suspended due to COVID-19 and they need help feeding the families at RMHD

How YOU Can Help
Browse their Amazon Wishlist and send a pantry item, starting at $4

 

Some of my favorite crafting items include:

  • This paper cutter is great if you’re doing birthday banners or a bunch of cards at once
  • These Paper Mate Flair pens are my favorite pens to use when writing on the inside of cards (because they don’t bleed!)
  • These Kingart Dual Tip Brush Pens are awesome for coloring – they have a brush tip and a fine tip, making them good for so many projects (and of course they don’t bleed!)
  • This 110lb card stock paper is the best – it’s the perfect thickness for all crafting projects, banners, cards, etc.

TRAVEL BONUS! I’ve been to 15+ countries and have my personal tips for each location to share with you! Paris * Amsterdam * Northern Lights in Norway * My Fav Travel Items * Rio de Janeiro * Iceland * Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany * Airbnb TipsSummer Olympics I Can Fly * Harry Potter Studio in London * Auschwitz * Cheap Flights 101Ireland * Ultimate Bucket List * Albuquerque Balloon Festival * Luxury Travel Items * Disney World for Adults (coming soon… Train through Switzerland, Sound of Music in Salzburg and Havana, Cuba!)

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