The The team of volunteers who have contributed acts of kindness and service projects during the yearly Weekend of Kindness events have amazed us with their generosity, creativity, and...well, KINDNESS! Check out some of the truly lovely things that our "Kindness Crew" has done in honor of Charlotte over the years:
2017 Charlotte's Purpose hosted a fundraiser to purchase a Cuddle Cot for Holy Cross Hospital! Cuddle Cots are cooling devices that fit inside a bassinet and aid in slowing the decomposition process of a stillborn baby so that families may say goodbye without being rushed. More than 40 donors raised over $3000 for this project! 2017-Present The Wrapped in Love Project repurposes donated wedding gowns into burial garments for stillborn babies. So far we have donated 75 care packages for bereaved parents. Each care package included a handmade blanket and gown, a journal, a hand stamped necklace, and many grief resources. (Packages are usually delivered to the labor and delivery wing with chocolates for the nurses too!) This project is an ongoing one and we make donations of care packages for bereaved parents whenever we have supplies to do so. We are currently seeking sewists who can sew a simple pattern or folks who can crochet, sew, or knit baby blankets!
2017 & 2018 The Elizabeth House Crew was a team of volunteers who packed lunches for the Elizabeth House Soup Kitchen. In 2018, the team gathered a surplus of supplies and was able to not only donate each of the 50 lunches with handwritten notes, but also donate an additional 6 bags of pantry items to Elizabeth House, and 6 more bags of baby items to Grassroots Crisis Center.
2017 & 2018 The Kindness Crew, a stealthy crew of do-gooders, completed random (and purposeful) acts of kindness, leaving behind one of Charlotte's Kindness Cards each time. In 2018 this crew performed more than two hundred acts of kindness in three countries and eleven states. Acts of kindness included everything from paying for a stranger's birthday cake to bringing live music into hospital rooms. We re-post some of these kindnesses via our Twitter account @charliespurpose and our Kindness Crew posts their own acts of kindness with #weekendofkindness . Check it out and don't forget to tag us if you do a kind act!
2017 The Parks Crew, a group of green-minded friends, worked together to clean up a local park and do some planting. Last year the group picked a park that they thought was unnamed, only to realize that they were spending the morning in Fox Hill! Even the littlest Parks Crew member, Charlotte's cousin- age 1- helped out. The Parks crew also hosted a special remembrance hike. On this hike, they scattered plantable seed paper leaves with the names of 235 stillborn or miscarried babies. Each name was spoken aloud before it was scattered. In 2018 this group hike was rained out, so Charlotte's family scattered nearly 300 seed paper leaves with names on a special trip to West Virginia.
2017 & 2018 The Monarch Crew was a team of volunteers who gathered donations of food for the Monarch Global Academy food pantry, which provides food insecure families with groceries. In 2017, the team donated more than 20 bags of groceries to the pantry. In 2018 the team made an even larger donation to the pantry and had a surplus of funds so they were able to donate spare snacks to kindergarten teachers for students who had none. The team also donated $100 to a cafeteria fund for students with negative lunch account balances.
2018 The First Grade Crew was a team of first graders led by Charlotte's big brother, Jack. The team donated four kid sized picnic tables and had four first grade classes contribute to painting them with bright colors and kind messages! The tables were given to Monarch Global Academy for students to use during recess and playground time.
2018 The Book Drive Crew, led by Sandi and Amber, set out to collect enough books for a single class of kindergartners to each take home their own new book. Their efforts snowballed into an AMAZING project which gathered more than 1,500 books and put brand new books in the hands of every kindergartner in Jefferson County! Check out the article on Local DVM and interview on 97.1 Wash FM about this project to learn more.