PGK Responds to COVID-19

Making The Most of This Moment

In these unprecedented times, we are focusing on our core mission – uniting kids, teens and families with nonprofit organizations and ways to help them and those they serve, especially in their times of greatest need. Join us as we offer six weeks of family-friendly service project ideas to help fill the extra hours of the “school days” during these long weeks at home. Check out our daily book suggestion, activity, and discussion question, and then #ReadDoReflect. Share your pictures and stories of your #VirtualVolunteering with us on Facebook and Instagram (@ProjectGivingKids). Let’s inspire others and share the good stuff in this crazy time. Hope, love and generosity are contagious too.

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Week One

Monday – Comfort the Sick:

Read: The Invisible String by Patrice Karst

Do: Make Masks for Frontline Health Care Workers

Reflect: What can be done to make people more comfortable as they are caring for the sick people and while they may need to be away from their own families?

Tuesday – Aid the Elderly:

Read: Drawn Together by Minh Le

Do: Create Cards for Isolated Seniors  *Can be done for a PGK partner or a Meals on Wheels near you.

Reflect: What do you think it feels like to be alone and unable to go about your normal routine seeing friends and family?

Wednesday – Help Fight Hunger:

Read: A Chance To Shine by Allen Shamblin and Steve Seskin

Do: Host a Nonperishable Food Drive OR Virtual Food Drive  *Can be easily adapted for a food bank near you.

Reflect: How can we make sure everyone in our community has enough food, especially during this difficult time?

Thursday – Begin With Basics:

Read: Fly Away Home by Eve Bunting

Do:  Conduct a COVID Cupboard Cleanout  *Can be done for a PGK partner or a nonprofit in your community helping low-income/homeless.

Reflect: What do you think it is like not to have all the essentials you need every day like clothes or sheets or shoes?

Friday – Aid the Animals:

Read: Evie and the Volunteers: Animal Shelter (Book 1) by Marcy Blesy

Do: Create Shelter Cat Toys  *Can be done for a PGK partner or an animal shelter/SPCA near you (while making even better use of those precious rolls).

Reflect: Why do you think it might be hard for animals without a home or those in shelters right now?

Week Two

Monday – Help Fight Hunger:

Read: Uncle Willie and the Soup Kitchen by Dyanne Disalvo-Ryan

Do: Food Transport During COVID-19 (Boston)

Reflect: How do you think we can reduce the number of hungry people?

Tuesday – Begin With Basics:

Read: Poverty and Hunger (Children in Our World) by Louise Spilsbury

Do: Cards for Homeless Families and Shelter Staff (Los Angeles) *Can be done anywhere.

Reflect: Does it surprise you that some children/families don’t have a permanent place to live?

Wednesday – Comfort the Sick:

Read: When Molly Was in the Hospital by Debbie Duncan

Do: Easy Care Meal Bags (SF Bay Area)

Reflect: Why do you think it’s important to offer support to sick people and their families?

Thursday – Begin With Basics:

Read: The Old Man by Sarah V.

Do: Cabinet Clear-out for Essential Toiletries  *Can be done for PGK partner in Boston or a nonprofit helping low-income/homeless near you.

Reflect: What do you think it would be like to not have soap or toothpaste everyday?

Friday – Help Fight Hunger:

Read: A Handful of Seeds by Monica Hughes

Do: Read for Seeds (Boston) *Can be done anywhere.

Reflect: How could you help produce (or protect) the food grown and used to feed the hungry?

Week Three

Monday – Help Fight Hunger:

Read: The Good Garden by Katie Smith Milway

Do: Pop-up Food Pantry (San Francisco – Marin Area)

Reflect: How could we as a family work to help others in need of food near us?

Tuesday – Begin With Basics:

Read: A Shelter in our Car by Monica Gunning

Do: Post for PATH – Los Angeles *Virtual Event

Reflect: What kinds of actions could be taken to help make sure everyone in our community has a place to live?

Wednesday – Save the Planet:

Read: True Green Kids by Kim McKay and Jenny Bonnin

Do: Celebrate our Planet By Getting Creative *Virtual Activity

Reflect: What is one thing you could commit to doing every day to help protect our planet?

Thursday – Aid the Elderly:

Read: The Old Woman Who Named Things by Cynthia Rylant

Do: Bags + Art = Lunches of Hope

Reflect: How do you think a simple act of kindness or a nice card or note can help someone in a troubling time?

Friday – Help Other Kids:

Read: Same, Same But Different by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw

Do: Sew Stuffed Animals to Educate Girls in India

Reflect: While you may be missing your school right now, what do you think it would be like to not be able to go to school at all?

Week Four

Monday – Help Fight Hunger:

Read: Maddi’s Fridge by Lois Brandt

Do: Kitchen Volunteers During COVID *Boston opportunity (Ages 13+)

Reflect: How do you feel when you aren’t able to eat the nutritious food your body needs every day?

Tuesday – Begin With Basics:

Read: On Our Street: Our First Talk About Poverty by Dr. Jillian Roberts and Jaime Casap

Do: (Urgent Need) Protective Masks for Boston’s Homeless *Can be mailed if not local.

Reflect: What are some of the reasons a person might become homeless?

Wednesday – Comfort The Sick:

Read: The Lemonade Club By Patricia Polacco

Do: DIY Soap Making *Can be mailed if not local.

Reflect: What makes you feel comforted when you are sick?

Thursday – Help Other Kids:

Read: Those Shoes by Maribeth Boelts

Do: Outfit & Book Bundles for Kids in Need *Boston opportunity, but can be easily adapted for a nonprofit near you.

Reflect: Why is it important to help others in our community?

Friday – Help Other Kids:

Read: The Invisible Boy by Patrice Barton

Do: Virtual CakeWalk to Support Birthday Wishes *Registration fee required.

Reflect: How would you feel if you were not able to celebrate your birthday?

Week Five

Monday – Begin With Basics:

Read: Tight Times by Barbara Shook Hazen

Do: Send Smiles (or Lunch) During COVID

Reflect: What do you think it feels like to care for the homeless, the hungry, the sick, or the unemployed?

Tuesday – Begin With Basics:

Read: Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña

Do: No-Sew Tie Blankets for the Homeless *Can be mailed if not local.

Reflect: Why is it important to care for those who are less fortunate?

Wednesday – Aid The Elderly

Read: Mr. George Baker by Amy Hest

Do: Custom Cards for Those Home Alone

Reflect: What makes you feel comforted when you are feeling lonely?

Thursday – Aid The Animals:

Read: Can I Be Your Dog by Troy Cummings

Do: DIY At Home Dog Biscuits for Shelter Dogs *Can be done for PGK partner or a shelter/SPCA near you.

Reflect: What types of things can be done to help animals in shelters feel good?

Friday – Save The Planet

Read: Down to Earth: How Kids Help Feed the World By Nikki Tate

Do: Explore Hidden Villa's World of Wonder *Virtual Activity

Reflect: Why is it important for people to "act/be green?"

Week Six

Monday – Help Other Kids

Read: The Family Under the Bridge By Natalie Savage Carlson

Do: Family Fun Care Packages for the Homeless *Los Angeles

Reflect: Can you think of one reason (or more) why a family might become homeless?

Tuesday – Begin With Basics:

Read: Those Shoes by Maribeth Boelts

Do: Custom Card Making for Shelter Shoe Packs

Reflect: Why is it important to see similarities between yourself and kids who come from different families & circumstances?

Wednesday – Comfort The Sick:

Read: A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead

Do: Jared Boxes for Pediatric Patients

Reflect: How would you feel if you got a surprise box filled with toys when you weren't feeling well?

Thursday – Aid The Animals:

Read: A Street Dog's Story by Eric Whittington

Do: PSA to Highlight An Animal Issue Important to You 

Reflect: How can we help animals without a home (other than taking them in)?

Friday – Help Other Kids:

Read: Hope by Adam Eisenson

Do: RTG's Virtual 5K (May 17) *Virtual activity benefiting Boston babies

Reflect: How can we help make sure other kids have what they need?