Each month, the Foundation for Foster Children sends out handmade birthday cards to children in the foster care system. There is a call for volunteers to create these birthday cards. This is an awesome and easy way to introduce your child to the act of community service through crafting! So, grab a group of friends and set up a card-making station where kids can create birthday cards for kids in foster care.
Words and Photos by Debbie Helton
• 8.5 x 11 card stock
• Regular and decorative-edged scissors
• Construction paper and scrapbook paper
• Glue sticks and glitter glue
• Stamps and stamp pads
• Stickers, sequins and ribbon
• Old magazines
• Crayons, markers or colored pencils
• Sticker-backed foam shapes
- Organize a self-serve creativity space in your home. This should be a space where your kids have the freedom to create, discover and explore.
- Gather an assortment of 8.5 x 11 card stock, construction paper, scrapbook paper, stickers, foam shapes, gems, sequins, ribbon, yarn, old magazines, stamps and stamp pads, crayons, markers, scissors, glue — anything kids can use to create.
- Organize the different materials into containers, jars or trays.
- Fold card stock in half.
- Decorate the card. Be creative and use lots of color and texture! Cards should not have any names written inside (no “To:” or “From:”). Cards should read “Happy Birthday” on the outside and have a positive message on the inside. Please keep the cards gender neutral.
- Mail the cards to: Foundation for Foster Children, 2265 Lee Rd., Suite 203, Winter Park, FL 32789