8 year-old microgrant recipient Jaiya used her award to launch Project JPAC (Just to Bring You Joy, Packed with Fun!) which provides ‘Bags of Fun’ for children who are ill in hospitals. JPAC bags contain fun activity items to keep children occupied during hospital visits including crayons, coloring books, stickers, books, colored paper, color pencils, pencils, markers & wrist bands.
- How many volunteers participated in your project? How many hours did it involve?
A total of 32 people participated. The project was a yearlong project and we did not keep track of exact hours.
2. What did you learn from this experience?
I learned that I can do anything that I put my mind to. I also learned that people do like helping other people.
3. How will your project continue having an impact in the future?
My project will continue to impact the future because I will keep making bags and blessing sick kids with them.
4. Overall, summarize how your project was completed and how you think it went.
My project went very well. Something like AMAZING! This year the grant helped me be able to give out double the bags that I gave in years past. I gave out 800 bags. All of my “Jpackers” were excited and spent a lot of hours packing the bags. Dropping the bags off and meeting some sick kids and families was so exciting. I was hospitalized shortly after we dropped off the bags and got to use one while I was in the ER myself!!
5. How was the Karma for Cara microgrant helpful in the completion of your project?
I gave out 800 bags, instead of 400. I was able to put more items in each bag than I did years before. I added rubber bracelets to the bag. And this year I was able to put the plastic ziplock bags inside a really nice vinyl draw string bag.