Michaela West, Founder of Bundles of Love is being honored as a Prudential Spirit of Community Award winner. Chosen from over 29,000 nominations, Michaela is one of two Maryland finalists. Read more here:Washington Post
December 21, 2016
In time for Christmas, the Bundles of Love Club met to compile 15 survival supply bundles for the street homeless in Washington and Baltimore. Each BOL Club member took a bundle or two to deliver this Christmas season.
Our Club is growing with new members everyday and we have had requests to start chapter locations in other schools and businesses around the DMV. We are so excited to see these acts of kindness and love spreading throughout the region!
November 19, 2016–
FAMILIES UNITE TO WORK FOR THE GREATER GOOD ON FAMILY VOLUNTEER DAY!!!!
Imagine a day when thousands of families around the world come together in the spirit of caring and togetherness. For 26 years, this vision has become a reality during the month of November on Family Volunteer Day! This year, we are proud to announce GKCEN’s participation in this global day of service, which will take place on Saturday, November 19, 2016. Facilitated by generationOn and Disney Friends for Change and created to celebrate the positive impact we can all have in our neighborhoods, communities and through-out the world, Family Volunteer Day is traditionally held on the Saturday before Thanksgiving to kick o the holiday season of giving and service. Why family volunteerism? Because it instills kids, teens, and parents with a sense of community and togetherness. It’s so important to give back to the community. Research also suggests that volunteering as a family unit builds teamwork skills and helps children understand critical issues in their communities. Engaging children in volunteering at a young age is more likely to promote a lifelong ethic of service, and research indicates that children who volunteer are more likely to exhibit positive behaviors in other areas of their lives.
We are joining in the celebration of family volunteerism and making a difference by delivering BUNDLES of LOVE to the homeless in D.C. and Baltimore.
Even if you are unable to join our event on Family Volunteer Day, there are many ways for your family to get involved. You could:
- Thanksgiving basket for donation to a family in need.
- Organize a winter wear drive at your school, church, or community center to collect new or gently used hats, scarves, gloves, mittens, socks, and coats for
Create festive holiday decorations to warm a local nursing home or homeless shelter. For more ideas on how to get involved, visit generationOn’s website, www.generationOn.org/fvd. You can also share your volunteer activities for a chance to win prizes, like a night out with the family or gift cards to help with holiday shopping! If you log your activities on the site, please be sure to say that you are submitting stories “on behalf of an organization” when prompted. That way, we’ll be able to track how much service we can collectively inspire on one day! Thank you to Smartbox Storage Solutions for the donation of a storage container to hold all the items collected by the Bundles of Love Club.
Michaela W. has started a club at her school, St. Joseph’s RCS. There the kids plan, organize and compile bundles for delivery.
Bundles of Love–an extension of the Kindness Project! Way to go Michaela! Our youngest volunteer at GKCEN. She embodies the true meaning of planting kindness and harvesting Love! Michaela knows that there is a child within us all no matter what age we are. Looking at homeless people on the street touches her heart in a way that has motivated her into action. Will you think about helping her to reach her goal?
Each year we have a theme for our summer workshop season that is voted on in the winter months. This year the winning theme was “Plant Kindness, Harvest Love.” It was no surprise as kindness has been at the forefront of all the programs the Good Knights have taught over the years.
With all the discord currently in the world, kindness truly is a much needed “commodity.”
The Good Knights are continuing to “Plant Kindness and Harvest Love” throughout the year with projects geared to help those in need. Our youngest volunteer, Michaela West, has started Christmas Eve Boxes for the homeless in DC and Baltimore. Michaela won a grant from GenerationOn’s “No More Hurting People” to help provide items for the boxes. Congratulations Michaela!
If you would like to help Michaela and the Good Knights out by donating slightly used clothing, blankets, travel sized toiletry items and non-perishable foods please contact us at GKCEN@aol.com