Cousins Michael (12), William (9), Christopher (9), and Kevin (7) made care packages for senior citizens with their microgrant. Having previously distributed small packages at the VA center in San Francisco, the boys needed help to produce a larger quantity of packages with more useful items and worked with Meals On Wheels to distribute the packages to seniors.
- How many people participated in your service project?
Four cousins ages 7-12 and their parents. A total of 8 people.
2. How many hours did you and other participants spend on the project?
We did not keep precise count but worked 3 afternoon shifts the week before Thanksgiving. We also spent an afternoon delivering the packets and met with the staff at Meals on Wheels San Francisco (MOWSF), so probably 10-12 hours for the entire project.
3. What did you learn from this experience?
Kevin (age 7): “It (the project) was a lot of work!” William (age 9): “If you have enough, give thanks by giving back to the community.” Michael (age 12): “There are many people less fortunate than us; we should be thankful of what we have.” Christopher (age 9) is autistic, but we know he enjoys putting together gifts for the elderly because he has a special connection with his grandparents.
4. How will your project continue having an impact in the future?
We learned about various MOWSF services and have started looking at future volunteer opportunities there. The boys are also planning to set up a web page to educate and recruit peers and other community members.
5. Overall, summarize how your project was completed and how you think it went.
Other than some preparation by the adults (primarily ordering the supplies online), the boys took up the assembly of the care packets, from deciding how many to make to setting up a production line consisting of a folder, a bagger, a tier, and a sticker affixer. This organization made the work fun for them, so the project was completed rather quickly and smoothly. Even though we didnot get to meet the actual recipients of the care packets, the MOWSF staff reassured us that the contribution is appreciated as they were running low on socks to place in their holiday baskets for their clients this year. Overall, we believe that the project was a great success!
6. How was the Karma for Cara microgrant helpful in the completion of your project?
The microgrant provided much needed financial support (the boys’ personal savings have been used up in last year’s project at the Veterans Administration hospital). More importantly, this award gave them the confidence that they can put together, from start to finish, a meaningful project that hopefully brought some joy and love to fellow San Franciscans.