Karma for Cara Foundation awards microgrants to youths 18 years of age and younger who spearhead exceptional service projects in their communities. 13 year old microgrant recipient Kaitlyn from Arizona used her award to fill backpacks with hygiene supplies, clothes, toys, a stuffed animal & a blanket for kids who are placed in foster care. Her goal was to provide 200 “Love Bundles” to local DES offices, group homes, and shelters.
- How many people participated in your service project? Many people participated in this project. Students from Phoenix Coding Academy and Metro Tech High School ran student-led hygiene drives. A local business Pizza People Pub collected hygiene products for us as well. And then about 30 members from True Vine Church helped us put together the welcome kits.
- How many hours did you and other participants spend on the project? We probably spent about 30 hours making donation boxes, sorting the hygiene products, shopping for additional hygiene items, and then packing the welcome kits.
- What did you learn from this experience? I learned when you work as a team you can get a lot more done, and when you are truly passionate about something, people around you can feel it and they start becoming as passionate as you are.
- How will your project continue having an impact in the future? Now other schools want to get involved and hold student-led hygiene drives which means we’ll be able to help keep the transition centers shelves filled with welcome kits for kids entering foster care.
- Overall, summarize how your project was completed and how you think it went. I think this project went really well. this was our first time doing welcome kits, and through donations and your support we had enough items to make 150 welcome kits (75 teenage girl kits and 75 teenage boy kits). When it came to assembling the welcome kits, we had three assembly rows: 1st Row: girl specific products (socks, deodorant, feminine hygiene products, shaving cream, razors); 2nd/MIddle Row: gender neutral products (toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, soap, lotion, conditioner, hair brushes & combs); 3rd Row: boy specific products (socks, deodorant, shaving cream, razors). We had girls fill the shoe boxes in the first row and pass to the middle; we had boys fill boxes in the 3rd row and pass to the middle. In the middle both boys and girls filled boxes with gender neutral items and passed down to the finished product table. It worked really well. No one felt uncomfortable when packing the boxes, and we were able to get the 150 welcome kits filled in less than 2 hours including setting up.
- How was the Karma for Cara microgrant helpful in the completion of your project? The Karma for Cara microgrant helped us to be able to purchase the items that were not donated through the hygiene drive collections. With this grant we were able to have enough money to purchase all the needed supplies to make the welcome kits complete.