Share Handmade Kindness Challenge Week 2: Community

Welcome! Today is the start of Week 2 of the Share Handmade Kindness Challenge. Many of you were able to play along during Week 1 (check out many inspiring images HERE)… and I hope you can participate this week, too.


Week 2 (November 9 – 15) will focus on sharing any kind of handmade kindness with anyone who works/serves in our community anyone who provides a helpful service to us.

Here are some ideas of who can give to this week: waitresses, doctors, mailmen, nurses, teachers, police, firemen, military, pastors, etc.


Participating is easy. Simply make and GIVE something to someone who works in your community. It can be a card, sweet treat, handwritten note – anything made by the hand, from the heart counts. It is that simple! The more you give, the better. This is all about spreading kindness and appreciation… especially when it is least expected.

And since kindness is contagious, I also encourage you to share whatever you create on your blogs, social media, etc… and even here on my blog. Let’s inspire each other! Here are three options:

  1.  Post a photo of whatever you create on social media with the hashtag #sharehandmadekindness.
  2.  Link a project you created to this post using the link-up tool below. (At the end of the post – click “Add a Link.”)
  3.  Leave a comment on this post telling what you created. (This is great if you don’t do social media or have a blog. Easy peasy!)

You are welcome to do none of these, one of these, two of these, or all three! But for each you do, you will be eligible for a prize…


To celebrate this week’s challenge, I have THREE great prizes to give away.


This week’s prizes include:

  1.   A $100 Gift Certificate to Simon Says Stamp
  2.   A $25 Gift Certificate to Lawn Fawn
  3.   A $25 Gift Certificate to Mama Elephant

These three companies were very generous and kind to offer these prizes. Please consider checking out their stores – great people!

I will give one prize to someone who I see participating on social media with the hashtag #sharehandmadekindness. I will give another prize to someone who links their project below. And a third prize will be to someone who leaves a comment on this post letting us know of their participation. All will be randomly picked on 11/15/15. (International folks are eligible, too!)

If for some reason you can’t participate, no worries. I will have other random giveaways throughout the week! Stay tuned.


If you have a moment, please consider checking out the Kind Campaign. This is a group of strong women working to end bullying. Their work is phenomenal. I will be donating to them throughout the month and hope that you will consider doing the same. (I have been sharing a lot about Hero Arts donating a percentage of their profits of some kindness stamps – be sure to check that out, too!)


A few people asked if there was a badge or image they could share on their blog. You can download this one HERE.

SHK blog badge


As I mentioned, you are welcome to link here to share your project to inspire others. This is optional! It is easy – you can watch THIS video if you need some help.

Thank you so much for joining me in this challenge!

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242 thoughts on “Share Handmade Kindness Challenge Week 2: Community”

  1. I give handmade cookies and a cute tag on the bag to my delivery nurse to thank her.
    Thank you so much for reminding us all to not only say ‘thank you’ but give something to others. 🙂

  2. Made a card for our City Director of Utilities thanking him and his team for working so hard to get our power back on during times of outages. They are always so quick!! I truly appreciate them.

  3. Hello again 🙂
    For this week i’ve made a Waterfall Mini Album.
    And because this is the Community Week , my album will go to a very dear friend, who was my boss at my first job as a stationery and office supplies seller. I am still her client today and she helps me alot with my craft supplies. Here in Romania are very hard to find :))

  4. I made a handmade card for our ped nurse. I’m also in the midst of making card sets for my husbands grandfather’s “girls” who look after him so well. Thank you for inspiring us to do this 🙂

  5. I made a card for my brothers teacher ( my brother is a special child), it was her birthday and the perfect moment to give her a special thanks. Great initiative!

  6. I made Hershey’s nugget turkeys for a special Thanksgiving treat for all the technicians in my Radiation Oncologist’s office. As I was recently diagnosed with breast cancer (and a retired oncology nurse) I know how hard they work at making the patient feel comfortable and really “cared for”. This is my way of showing appreciation for their concern. I also made individual thank you cards for my 2 special techs. I wish there was a way to share the pics…they turned out great. Jenifer you are truly an inspiration. Please keep your kindness coming my way with your great techniques and easy to follow instructions. You have helped me grow in the stamping and crafting arena. I appreciate you!

  7. My husband just finished radiation treatment and I made little treat baskets (6×6, scored at 2 all around) for the staff in the radiation department and for the women at the reception desk of the hospital. I filled them with chocolates and homemade cookies.

  8. This week I made a set of 4 mini embroidery hoop arts for my daughter’s teacher and a card for a fried who works as Health consultant who goes around schools in our county to teach children how to eat and live heatlhy. Thank you for this special challenge every week! You are an inspiration, Jennifer!

  9. I made a Card for My Pastors, “Sending Holidays Hug”. They are avaible to help and give us advice. when we need it.

  10. Thank you so much for continuing to inspire us to share handmade kindness 🙂 I made a card for my daughter’s science teacher- I hope that she will like it! Can’t wait to see next week’s challenge!

  11. Thanks again for this week’s challenge. I made chocolate chip cookies and a card for two of my neighbor’s. They are a married couple and both teach in our community.

  12. I’ve donated Sympathy Cards to one of University of Michigan’s ICU units for 2 years now. It’s so rewarding to hear back how the families have appreciated the “handmade” and thoughtful efforts put forth by U of M. I’m so lucky to be a part of this; it adds special purpose to making these cards. Such a good idea to get everyone’s experience in this regard, thanks so much Jennifer – you are such an inspiration and a force for good out there!

  13. This week I decided to downsize my crafting supplies so I set out to reorganize the whole room.
    I ended up with a few boxes of brand new crafting items to give away.
    When I gave them to my friend’s daughters along with a handmade card,
    they were blown away. Their smiles made all the work worth it.

  14. I’m loving this challenge. I gave our mail carrier a handmade card and a Tim Horton’s gift card. Thanks!

  15. SQUEAL!! LOVING LOVING LOVING this AMAZING Challenge and the FUN ways that people are giving back!! =) I’ve made several Cards and Given an Iced Coffee Slush Recipe Card to several of the People at the Motel and Cancer Treatment Center where I’m staying and getting my Treatments!! They are ALL AMAZING People and have shown such KINDNESS since I have been here!! I wanted to give something back that they could ENJOY this Holiday Season!! THANKS for sharing and for the chance to WIN!! Have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

  16. I gave handmade cookies and a card to the Bishop of our church ward. He and his family sacrifice so much for him to be able to serve his congregation. Thank you so much for having this challenge. I always think of things to do for people but never follow through. Jennifer, you are amazing!!!

  17. I couldn’t decide until I saw your post today what I wanted to do for this weeks challenge. I finally decided to give my mail carrier a thank-you card and a coffee gift card. My grand-daughter got involved and felt very proud to place it in the mailbox! I actually created a pocket with a short piece of cardstock the same width as the card using washi tape around the bottom and sides. (it felt great to do it AND I got to use one of my new stamp sets I just bought Sunday with a “thanks a latte” and to-go cup, colored with watercolor pencils) Thanks so much for the inspiration!

  18. I tried to download a card but can’t seem to do it right. Anyway I made a beautiful card for an elderly friend from our church who fell and hurt herself. Hope she enjoys the card as much as I enjoyed making it for her.

  19. I have been working on an envelope box of handmade cards to give to the local elementary school for the staff and teachers. It was such a fun project. Over the past few months, I’d make an extra card or two for this appreciation gift. My granddaughter attends this school also. She did the artwork on the box! I have already received a wonderful thank you message from the principal who even mentioned that it will “spread joy and kindness throughout the building.” Though I wasn’t aware of the “Share Handmade Kindness” campaign as I made the gift, it really was timely!

  20. Working on a card for our mailman. He’s such a nice person, and doesnt mind carrying tons of boxes up our steep steps every week. Will be putting it in the mail box for him in the morning.

    I would post this on social media, but my camera on my phone keeps taking black pictures, nothing but solid black 🙁

  21. I made some cards to say Thank you and I appreciate you for our son’s Therapist, case manager and provider.
    So happy to share some kindness!! 🙂

  22. Thanks for encouraging handmade kindness and for hosting these giveaways! This week I made my mom a Christmas ornament. I used a white pipe cleaner and white buttons of various sizes to make it look like a little Christmas tree, with a jewelled button on the top as the star.

  23. For week 2 of the share kindness campaign, I created a “bag full of sunshine” borrowing some ideas from the Worth Checking Out post on your blog (thanks, Heather Ruwe!) and I created my tags from stamps, dies, ribbon and card stock I already had on hand 🙂 I made 10 of these bags and tags and delivered them to teachers at our city elementary school- they certainly deserve kindness for what they do for our community! I included a handmade card and stamped envelope in their treat bags, and I challenged them to send those out and keep the kindness cycle going! I love this challenge- Thank you, Jennifer! I will upload an image of the bags to instagram using the hashtag!

  24. I don’t have a photo of anything I’ve done. But I have often sent or given someone a gift just because – even total strangers. We’ve been having work done on our home, and as soon as they are finished, I plan to make a batch of cinnamon rolls for the guys.

  25. What an awesome challenge again this week. My dog was groomed today, and instead of just handing the groomer a tip, I made a thank you card for her, and put the tip inside.

  26. I made a card for one of my favorite baristas, using the Ellen Hutson Zipper panel die. Inside the zipper panel I added a gift card to return the kindness we have always received from her. I also wrote he a short note telling her how awesome and appreciated she is. We drink a lot of coffee and see her often. Shes always kind and cheerful!

  27. I sent a card to the pastor of a church I’ve recently started attending as well as a card for a counselor in my community. I’ve been inspired by this challenge to send more of the cards I create, so thank you!

  28. So- quick funny story. I included my husband on this one and said, “Who should we send a card to?” His response was our Village Manager! I would never have thought of this because, well, we’ve never met her! But we recently moved to where we are now and we love it and have a lot of love for the community, so I said, “why not?!” It was mailed off this morning. I can only imagine someone who has to do a lot of work like that doesn’t get enough thanks, so hopefully that will brighten her day.

  29. This week I baked cookies (Mint Chocolate Chocolate Chip with Dark Chocolate Ganache frosting–to die for!) for our local firefighters & EMTs. I also created a thank you card for them, which my mom & I both wrote messages in to them, thanking them for their service. We delivered them this afternoon. Even without tasting the cookies, they loved them, and guaranteed us they will be eaten! Funny thing is, I had planned this for today even before I knew today is World Kindness Day! 🙂

  30. Thank you for the challenge, this world certainly needs more kindness!
    I made a card, but I’m not sure to whom I’ll be giving. Living in a country where the mother language is not English, it will look pretentious and unkind giving my card to someone who doesn’t understand what is written…

  31. I made a card for our mail carrier who has been working hard delivery our mail to the neighborhood and doesn’t really get any interaction with any of us since we have those community mailboxes. Hopefully this will help her realize her work is appreciated!

  32. Loving the joy we are getting out if this challenge. We are giving handmade ‘Thank you’ cards to a few people in our church community that are serving and adding a little gift to go with it. Some will get a set of handmade cards. I say ‘we’ because I told my husband about your challenge and he started listing people ‘we’ should do that for. ?
    (My husband hears me watching your videos and says “Hi, my name is Jennifer, and I’m addicted to stamping…”) ?

  33. I just received my Hero Arts Kindness stamps, I was waiting to use them in the 2 cards I made for my Pastor and my brother’s Pastor. For my Pastor, who is building himself a cabin, I made the cabin card, colored with pastels and a paint brush, I made this for one of Kathy’s coloring challenge. For the Pastor of my brother, I made her a very bright, colorful card, again using an image I colored during Kathy’s coloring challenge. My brother traveled to heaven , his most uplifting, celebration of his life was held on all Saints day and the love and kindness from the church and community were overwhelming. Thanks for motivating us to share kindness–we need to fight violence with kindness and love.

  34. I love your challenge, I think it will bring a lot of happiness all over the world. I made a holiday card for my awesome postman. 🙂 I can’t wait to give it to him.

  35. I am giving a bag of candies to the mail lady, she is not my normal carrier and is not as prompt and efficient as my normal carries, all the more reason to show her kindness!

    sparkle & shine kindness! *~*

  36. I put together a small package for my mail carrier. It has packets of hot chocolate and some homemade cookies. I topped it with a handmade card. She really gets a workout at my house, so she definitely deserves it!

  37. My mom has no time to make art projects because of her work. So I took the time to make her cards she can use when she need. She is doing so much for the family so I am glad I can help her with that.

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