September 28, 2011

Wake Up Wednesday

Last week's challenge was to assemble a small kit for someone who is homeless.  We did this one together as a family.  We ran throughout the house looking for things to put in the bag.  We included shampoo, conditioner, lotion, lots of non perishable foods, a spoon, a washcloth, socks, chapstick, Q-tips, a water bottle, and anything else we thought might be appreciated.  I'm really excited to be able to give this away the next time I meet who is struggling.





This week there will be no challenge.  I just want to introduce something new I'm going to be doing here. I got a sweet email from a reader who shared THIS link with me.  It's about a preschool teacher who does "Superheroes of Kindness" with her students.  They all wear capes and head off to do something good about once a month or so.  Is that cool or what?

The most meaningful experiences I've had doing Wake Up Wednesdays have been the ones where I've been able to involve my children.  So, every FIRST WEDNESDAY of the month here will now be a Wake Up Wednesday that you can do with kids.  It'll be our "Super Heroes of Service" and my boys and I will head out with capes on.  (Well, they will.  I'll skip the cape part myself.  Goggles are also optional :)


What do you think?  Are any of you in?  You'll also have a month to complete this challenge, since it'll only be the first Wednesday of each month.  I believe that by teaching young children to serve we can do an endless amount of good now and in the future.

Thanks for reading my blog.

23 comments:

  1. I too got my bag together, but I haven't found anyone to give it to yet. We are heading into DC next weekend, so I will be bringing my bag with me. I may even stop at the dollar store and create a few more bags. It's a sad fact, but there are always plenty of homeless people in DC. :(

    I LOVE this idea!! I just need to find my little guy a cape. So cool Cheri. I love the challenges that involve my kids. In fact, when we were putting together our bags, my daughter commented that she felt better giving this bag to a needy person than giving them money. Awesome! Thanks for the challenges!!

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  2. yes! it`s a great idea!!

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  3. I am in, I just need to make my son a cape.

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  4. Love it! We are so in! I am currently making capes for my boys anyway. You are truly inspiring!

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  5. Love it. My boy loves being able to help others. Just recently he couldn't wait for garbage day to arrive so he could take the neighbors garbage cans out. He left a small heart on the can as a reminder that she is loved. It warms my heart to see my kids taking service to heart.

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  6. I love this idea! I can't wait to get started.

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  7. I love this idea! How cute. The dressing up part is awesome. I'm excited!

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  8. Hey, I know this one is kind of late, but I tried to do the 'something nice for someone sad' Wake Up Wednesday. One of my best friends is an elderly sister in my ward. She is from California and she was brought to the east coast by her family, but she feels so out of place here. We just try to visit her often. My daughter is learning to interact with elderly people and feel comfortable in her home. It's been nice.
    Thanks for the encouragement!

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  9. Such a great idea!! Me and my boys are in!

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  10. Definitely in! I was just thinking about an idea like this this morning, so I'm glad now to have an opportunity to make it happen!

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  12. What a wonderful idea! My little one is just a year old, so she might not be able to do everything herself. But mama can help! They are never too young to learn to help others!

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  13. The super heros are a great idea! Besides looking adorable, they accomplish something important. I would love to see a bunch of kids dressed up like that raise money for a cause (I would choose the CCFA (crohns and colitis foundation), but thats just me :) )

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  14. I'm in! Love it! Also, finished up baby girl's sweatshirt here

    http://caelas-creations.blogspot.com/2011/09/sailor-girl-sweatshirt.html

    Thanks for your comment on my little guy's sweatshirt :), gave me just the boost I needed today.

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  15. This sounds amazing! I've been thinking lately of getting my son to help thin out his toy collection a littler then find a place to donate the toys to. Hopefully I can find a women's shelter or something where the toys will go directly to children, I'd rather that then just a thrift store. AND we really need to clear some space before Christmas, this kid just has too many toys. It's time for him to learn a little about giving. :) Thanks for the inspiration!

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  16. Great idea, and I'm in!!!

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  17. Fantastic idea, can't wait to start :)

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  18. love this idea! another similar one that we have done is to give tolietry donations to the women's shelter. they often arrive with nothing and in hasty circumstances.

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  19. I'm in!! Can't wait to get started:)

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  20. I am such a bad commenter, horrible I know, but I just wanted to say I love your wake up wednesdays, and I can't wait to involve my son more. I'm always looking for service opportunities to teach him. Thanks for your awesome blog!

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