Live in Laughter & Warm the Heart

Date: January 18, 2014
Time: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Location: Bethany Christian Services, 901 Eastern Avenue, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Contact: Janine Thomas, 616-224-7438

Volunteers needed to recognize MLK Day of Service 2014 for Live in Laughter & Warm the Heart Community Service Project.

Make it a “day on, not a day off” on January 18th, 2014. Volunteers will donate their service by creating joke booklets and fleece blankets for children currently in a local hospital. Bethany Christian Services and Michigan State Extension 4-H Program of Kent County are partnering to bring this community service project to the Greater Grand Rapids community. 

Come to volunteer with your best jokes, riddles and funny stories in mind and create a joke booklet for children to enjoy. Can’t think of a joke? Come anyway and we will provide our best stories for you to reference. Or spend your time volunteering by making fleece blankets. The fleece blankets are as simple as 1, 2 and 3. No sewing or seamstress skills required. Come prepared to have fun and serve your community.

Live in Laughter & Warm the Heart” community service project addresses our community’s struggle with children’s mental health.  “Live in Laughter & Warm the Heart” provides an engaging and therapeutic approach to the mental health of our community’s youth.  Creative activities such as making joke booklets and blankets are a simple and viable solution to communicate with struggling youth. By using a child’s natural creative ability it is a way for them to express their emotions and feelings during life changes, traumatic events, and being ill in the hospital.  Volunteer to help begin the recovery process with warmth and laughter.

The MLK Day of Service was initiated by Congress in 1994 and has been developed beyond a federal holiday honoring Dr. King, into a national day of community service directed by the King Center and the Corporation for National and Community Service. This project is just one of hundreds of activities being held in cities and states across the country to honor the legacy of Dr. King.

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