Share Handmade Kindness Challenge: Week 4

Hello! Week 4 of the Share Handmade Kindness Challenge is all about strangers. Those we don’t know well or at all… but who could likely use a smile…

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So Week 4 (November 23-29) will focus on sharing any kind of handmade kindness with strangers. Leave a note on someone’s windshield. Pay for the person behind you in a drive-through and give them a card. Send a card to a favorite blogger. (Yes, that isn’t exactly a stranger, but you likely haven’t met!) Drop off a kind note to the mail lady who was nice to you last time you were there. Anyone! Notes or simple cards are best for this challenge.

CARD SHOWER

As I mentioned last week, I am also hosting a Card Shower for two kids battling cancer. We are still collecting cards for them – and since we don’t know these folks well – any cards you send count for this week’s challenge too! It is easy. You can find all of the details HERE. Just an option for you.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE

Participating is easy. Simply make something and give it. It can be a card, sweet treat, handwritten note – anything made by the hand, from the heart counts. Easy!

And since kindness is contagious, I also encourage you to share whatever you create/give 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 great prize…

PRIZES

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

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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 Pink & Main
  4.   A $60 Gift Certificate to Organize More
  5.   A $25 Gift Certificate Honey Bee Stamps

These five incredible companies were very awesome to offer these prizes. Please consider checking out their products. These are some of the kindest people in the industry!

I will give one prize to someone who I see participating on social media with the hashtag #sharehandmadekindness. I will give a prize to TWO folks who link their project below. And another prize will be for TWO people who leaves a comment on this post letting me know of their participation. All will be randomly picked on 11/30/15. (International folks are eligible, too!)

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

LINK UP YOUR PROJECT

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.



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165 thoughts on “Share Handmade Kindness Challenge: Week 4”

  1. I was cking out in self-ckout lane at Kroger and my total was just shy of the $20 to get my turkey at the 59 cent/lb price so I saw the person next to me and figured I would pay for one of her items and yes it benefited me but also was a nice gesture towards her.
    Melissa
    “Sunshine HoneyBee”

  2. I’ve been invited to share Thanksgiving dinner with a friend and her family, so I am decorating a candle to give her for her table. It gives so much pleasure to show a little kindness to others for whatever reason.

  3. With my Grandson being deployed often I have begun sending card to the troops even if he is at home with his family.

  4. This year I am making cards for our local VFW post for the veterans. I am having so much fun doing these cards. This is such a small gesture of my gratitude for the sacrifices they made for me. And yes, I will never meet them but my prayers are with them. Thanks for this great campaign.

  5. I live in Virginia, she lives in California and we just met for the first time on the phone. She seems like such
    a sweet person, I am going to send her a handmade card.

  6. This is a lovely project you are spearheading — especially fitting during this season. I just sent off 10 cards this morning to the Caring Hearts program to be distributed to nursing homes. If I can remember which ones I sent, I’ll post them to Flickr. And I’m working on a few cards for the Card Shower which I hope to finish this week. Thanks to you and the sponsors for promoting a little good cheer!

  7. I just made 3 cards and sent them off: one for my mom and the other two were for my sisters. They were fun to make!

  8. Today we went to the gas station for gas and a young girl came up to me selling pens for a dollar. Pens had a flower on top. She said she was selling pens for her mom to get enough gas to drive to a craft show where they could sell their pens to make enough money for groceries. I told her I didn’t need a pen but would pay for some gas. I followed her to an old beater truck where her mom and little sister were. I filled up their empty gas tank and they were so loving and kind. I got some hugs, some blessings, and some really big smiles! Not to sound selfish but I think I got the best end of the deal. They were so nice!

  9. Just got my cards for the card shower ready to mail. I missed the mailman today but they will be off tomorrow. I also called a neighbor & asked her to come with me & take a new neighbor to lunch tomorrow. Should be fun for all of us so maybe not a kindness just for her. 🙂

  10. Played with TH Crazy Bird stamps and dies and a bunch of background layers I had stashed from playing with different techniques. Love how they turned out.

    You can check them out on Instagram or my blog post on Friday.

    THANKS for this great challenge.

  11. I don’t have a blog or know how to link my cards, but I sent out 8 Thanksgiving cards to elderly shut-ins I know. They love receiving homemade cards in the mail. They look forward to getting any kind of mail! Every crafter should remember the elderly and nursing home residents!

  12. Usually the day after Thanksgiving I usually gave a big plate of leftovers with notes of appreciation to a couple of older friends I knew that couldnt go out. They have both passed and I miss the joy and warmth I received from doing this. I am definately going back to another thing I did on Christmas Eve day. Instead of crocheting angels for friends I knew live alone, I will make a special card and deliver it in person and visit a while.

  13. I recently had someone order 2 dozen all occasion tags. I got carried away making them ( I was on a roll! LOL) and made extra + I gave her a dozen Christmas cards, all at NO charge! She liked them so much she turned around and ordered even more. My MIL ALWAYS said you can’t give anything away. When you give something truly from the heart it seems to always come back in ten-fold! I guess she was right!

  14. I love to craft and bake too so I made some of my spritz cookies and put them into cute little turkey containers. Then I dropped them off at a local retirement home for their residents:)

  15. I enjoy sending cards for Chemo Angels. I rarely hear back from patients but today a card from one of my very past patients. Was great to hear back!

  16. I just wanted to say thanks for bringing all this attention to sharing kindness. It has been such a wonderful month and I have been blessed way more than the people I’ve made stuff (mostly casseroles & cards) for, and, I got the shock of my life a week or so ago when I got a handmade card from one of the “cyberlebrities” that is participating in your challenge.

  17. I am making Thank You cards so the staff at our community retirement home can express their thanks to groups who do Christmas performances for the residents.

  18. I have the bestest BFF ever! We were at a meeting and were participating in a paper swap. Swapping was unlike any I had done but I started walking around and swapping with everyone but was sad to say that I went to swap with a person and they said no they didn’t want to swap. I was flabbergasted and really didn’t have a comeback so I keep on swapping with other people till I had made it to everyone. When leaving with my friend, I told her what had happened and she was livid. I sort of brushed it off until a week later I started receiving handmade cards. My BFF belonged to a group and she mentioned to them what had happened to me so they started sending beautiful and caring cards. I had felt snubbed at the meeting but soon realized some people lack social skills and have let the feeling go. I am still receiving cards and want to thank my BFF for thinking about me and Wanting me to forget what had happened at the swap. Now I am getting ready to send my cards thanking all that thought to sent cheerful thoughts to me. Our world would be greatly improved if kindness was practiced by everyone.?

  19. I made cards for Emily and Evelyn, Xander and Jaden, and their parents. What a wonderful card shower. I have also put this project out to some of my card friends in a private group to come join in.
    Also sent a card to my favorite blogger — who does so much for so many.
    MK

  20. I’m making pies! Several restaurants in Erie collect turkeys and home made pies. They cook for the elderly who are alone for Thanksgiving! I will be making apple and Derby pies for these wise mentors in our society!
    Cheers!

  21. Oh my, so many choices…okay, today I sent a box of surprises with homemade goodies to a new friend i met online who is also a Zebra mom [we both lost a son to suicide, she- 9 most ago and I -28 months ago]. I made her a zebra patterned card with an ornament to the 1st Christmas as Zebra parents [they are not celebrating] and the inside of the ornament said we are to still remember that we are to celebrate Jesus Birthday! In the box I sent was a Journal and a box of cards, a prayer box charm, a handmade zebra beaded bracelet, and a Christmas Spirit Kit among other things….

  22. Each month I make birthday cakes (4-5) for local nursing homes, The veterans home, or the women’s and children’s shelter in my community. It’s a volunteer program that started 6 yrs ago. Each cake is decorated and put in a cake box then I decorate the with ribbon and flowers, and of course a hand made card. one time I got to met the veteran I made the cake for and it was wonderful to see his delight. I just delivered 3 cakes this morning.?

  23. WOW – what a wonderful way to round off your Share Handmade Kindness Challenge Jennifer!!!
    THANK YOU for giving us these prompts and REMINDING US TO BE KIND, not just for the challenge but TO BE KIND EVERY DAY – I KNOW that you have made me think more about how I can use my cardmaking to bring cheer to others 🙂

  24. Such a great week to share kindness with strangers! This morning, a young man helped me with the new photo machine, while I was printing family photos. I was so grateful and asked his name. I will drop off a card for Edgar! I’m still sharing more kindness with the children in my neighborhood. I am mailing kindness cards to a few of my favorite bloggers. Watch for happy mail, dear Jennifer!

  25. Today my friend & I made 100 Thanksgiving Treat greetings for cancer patients @ Ironwood Cancer center. We will deliver them with a hug & smile for all tomorrow. These are brave courageous souls who smile thru so much—I know because I have cancer also!
    diane

  26. I paid for the order of the person behind me today at Starbucks and bought a gift card for my mail carrier that I am leaving in the mail box for him to find tomorrow.

  27. I made cards for Emily and Evelyn, Xander and Jaden, and I am going to make a thank you card for someone who always folds up their side mirror of their truck, which makes it easier to walk past on a narrow sidewalk. I’ve always been thankful for that and this challenge made me think of putting a handmade card with a nice note of thanks in it… THANKS JENNIFER!!!

  28. I made a simple card then went to the drive-thru for breakfast. I paid for the car behind me and had the employee at the window give that car my card. A small gesture that I hope brightened someone’s day. Thanks for the chance to win!!

  29. I don’t know if this is going to count but I shared my time my time starting to make kits for 100 children to make a Christmas card for someone they love or want to share a smile with.

  30. I am making little cards that I will tuck Kristina’s cards into–and will leave them for the servers at two restaurants when I go to lunch with tei friends this week. Will also give some cards to these friends as they are always happy to come by and pick me up (I don’t drive) and share time with me. Am also baking an extra pumpkin pie for my neighbors (I do know them, but they are so nice that I want to do this–and they never bake.

  31. I sent an invite to Thanksgiving dinner to someone and her husband. I hardly know her, but I am getting to know her a little more each day. Her and her husband are far from home just like my husband and I. I knew she was not going home for Thanksgiving, but she is for Christmas so I thought they might be alone. They are alone for their meal, but they decided to celebrate together by themselves since he will be home this year (he is a Veteran). She was very surprised by my invite. My family comes to us and what is 2 more people to share a meal with.

  32. I baked a chocolate cake and gave a slice to one of the kids I have been giving tuition to at the volunteer centre. Though she isn’t really a stranger, however I don’t really know her personally either. I just make her twice a week and it’s great to see her smile! 🙂

  33. I heard of someone who was having serious health issues.
    She had to go out of town and spend many nights in a motel.
    I dropped off a bag of surprises for her to whittle the time away
    so she wouldn’t have time to think about her health.

  34. Oh my!! How fun is this!! LOVE the idea of giving cards to strangers!! I keep a handful of cards in my purse at all times and when I am at doctor appointments or the hospital for tests I will set them on desks, waiting room tables (I write FIRST PERSON TO FIND ME PLEASE OPEN ME FOR A NICE TREAT on the envelope) or just hand them to people I pass. It is so awesome to sneak back and see the smiles on their faces! Sometimes I will add a coupon for a free coffee or a handwritten note saying how they are special t o someone and to have a great day! Will definitely be participating this week!!

  35. My next door neighbor suffered a terrible miscarriage in the middle of the night and had to be taken by ambulance. I made the family of five a dinner with popcicles for the kids for a treat! The least I could do for them, they are such nice neighbors.

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