Grab ‘n’ Go Kits: A Service Project

Grab 'n' go kits

As much as we wish things didn’t happen to women and girls – abuse, drugs, prostitution – the fact is they do. And chances are someone you know either has been or will be affected by it. The Relief Society combined with the Young Women and Activity Day Girls in our ward have tried in some way to let those women and girls in our community know we care. As I share what we have done maybe it will help give you ideas on how to serve right in your own community.

The first project was to help those teen girls who find themselves suddenly in foster care. We were told by those who help run the services that many are taken from their homes in the middle of the night (during a drug bust or worse) with whatever they are wearing and that is all. They have no time to gather any of their own items.

Grab 'n' go kits

We gathered supplies and made these grab ‘n’ go kits that are given to those girls to help them get a new start.

Here’s what we included in the kits:

  • Hygiene kit containing essentials {soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrushes, feminine products} but also nail polish, hair accessories, etc for an added boost.
  • One-size flannel drawstring pajama bottoms (here’s an easy pattern)
  • Large bag that everything was put into. We used this pattern. The bags are reversible and make a great school bag or purse.
  • Notebooks, pens, and other school supplies.
  • Fleece Blanket (here’s an easy no sew tutorial)

In the weeks prior to our service project the Activity Day girls did extra jobs to earn money to help buy some of the supplies. Relief Society sisters donated fabric for the bags, fleece for the blankets, or flannel for the pajama bottoms. Young Women used their own money to purchase school supplies, nail polish, and hair accessories. Everyone helped in one way or another.

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The night we put the grab ‘n’ go kits together there were stations set up for tying the edges of the fleece blankets. Sewing machines ran along one wall where those who knew how sewed the pajama bottoms or bags. Another station was set up for putting the hygiene kits together. And yet another for creating cards with our heartfelt sentiments of love. Once the bags, blankets, and pajama bottoms were done everything was placed in the bag ready to be delivered to the Foster Care Services.

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The second project was for the local domestic violence shelter. Too many times women and children are victims of domestic violence and need protection from their perpetrators. This is where safe houses – known only to the police – come in.

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We were told our local safe house was in need of essentials – kitchen towels, baking ware, hygiene products, bedding, etc. Again we gathered as women and girls to make quilts, cards, and gather the essentials.

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These service projects have become a treasured yearly tradition. We gather as daughters of God age eight to over eighty to build special bonds with one another as we serve those right here in our community. It is truly an errand of angels!

 

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Hello, I'm Montserrat. I'm a farmer's wife, mother of eleven, homeschooler, chocoholic, music lover, crafter, blogger, and like to play a good game of Scrabble.

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  • Michelle Lehnardt
    May 11, 2016 at 12:29 pm

    Wow! These are amazing projects. Thanks for all the ideas and the patterns.

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