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Meals on Wheels Artists

Last week, KindCrafters were challenged to "get their craft on" as they created a variety of items for the Johnson County Area Agency on Aging Meals on Wheels Creative Expressions program. Katie Baker, from Meals on Wheels, came out to Sunnyside Elementary school in Olathe to tell KindCraft families all about their program and how they can get involved. She showed the containers families could pick up to deliver hot meals to recipients, as well as samples of decorated lunch sacks to deliver cold meals. Katie told stories of Meals on Wheels drivers who have developed connections with those they deliver to and also explained the process of delivering meals.

Our goal at KindCraft is to make sure the children understand WHO will benefit from their service and WHY it is important. So we spent some time talking about people who might not be able to leave their house to go get their food and how they might also be very lonely since they don't get out to see people often.

To make the Meals on Wheels deliver extra special, KindCrafters made fall themed placemats (bonus-they recycled scrap paper!!). They worked on fine motor skills as they weaved paper for a beautiful piece of art or to be used as a placemat. All ages were engaged in this event, from our youngest KindCrafters who enjoyed making a pumpkin decoration out of pony beads to our older KindCrafters who relaxed by coloring bookmarks.

It is always heartwarming to see multiple generations; dads and kids; moms and kids; siblings; friends; and neighbors working together to give back!! Our goal is to make our events impactful for all!

Aren't these pumpkin placemats adorable? They used strips of patterned scrapbook paper to glue them. We might need to review "dot, dot, not a lot" as they went a little heavy on the glue :). Pumpkin masterpieces in the end though!!

KindCrafters wrote inspirational notes on lunch sacks. I'd say they did a great job getting their craft on!! Can you find yours?

Our weaving project was quite a challenge. Love all the bright colors and patterns!!

These adorable bookmarks came out so nicely and will bring a smile to all who receive them.

These pop up rainbow cards were a huge hit. Many KindCrafters enjoyed this fun craft. Who doesn't love a rainbow?!

With fall quickly approaching, we wanted a cute reminder of this wonderful season. So KindCrafters spent quite a bit of time placing about 120 pony beads on pipe cleaners to create this adorable pumpkin. They wrapped the green pipe cleaner around a pencil to make it curl-who knew?! It was so cute to hear the kids say with excitement, "I'm done! I'm going to add my pumpkin to the pumpkin patch!"

We hope you all had fun and learned about another way to serve with your family!!

Don't forget to register for our October event! We need lots of help unpackaging, sorting, and assembling lunch sacks for Metro Lutheran Ministries.

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