What began as a fun get together between a few families three years ago, has developed into a community of families who love to give back and teach their children about compassion. After searching for projects to do with their children, two Olathe moms decided to make no sew fleece blankets for Children's Mercy Hospital. Well, KindCraft is happy to say this is our FOURTH year of blankets and every year, we have not only been able to bless more people with our blankets, but we are making great gains in teaching our children how to love others and give back.
Here we are, four years ago, delivering blankets to Children's Mercy hospital, having no idea that this would all lead to a non-profit aimed at teaching children how to be compassionate towards others.
On December 12, the tradition of making blankets for others continued, as families gathered in multiple locations to make blankets. About 165 KindCrafters gathered at Olathe Northwest Highschool to learn about KindCraft, and to serve together. For most of the group, it was their first time making blankets! You could feel the excitement in the air as groups found their spot on the floor. "Families" included the traditional mother, father, and children, but there were several other "families" present as well, including this basketball team who worked as a team making several blankets. They even were caught carrying a huge stack of blankets, chanting "Teamwork, teamwork, teamwork". They have some pretty fun moms who got into the ninja look with their blanket scraps along with the boys.
There was also a Boy Scout "family" mainly made up of scouts and their dads. Whoever said that dads can't be crafty?! Besides a minor cut to the hand from fabric scissors, these dads did a wonderful job modeling patience, kindness, and compassion for their sons.
Girl Scout families were present as well. Here are a few pictures of them having fun together! Prior to the event, we even had a troop cut out hundreds of 4 x 4 cardboard squares that were used as templates to cut the corners of the blankets out. Thanks girls! Those really came in handy and now we have them to reuse in the future!