Acts of Kindness
Listed are some of the things we do. If you would like to help with a specific project, email us at email@example.com and let us know! If you would like us to speak to your church, business or organization, feel free to contact us!
Laundry Love: Laundry Love is a national initiative that began in California over 15 years ago. We adopted the model and in January, 2014 began the Laundry Love program in Salina. Even before we began the official Laundry Love program, we delivered gift bags with laundry detergent, dryer sheets and quarters to the Laundromats. Now, we are at all 3 laundromats once a month and will pay for up to 5 loads of laundry per family. We also provide laundry supplies for those who need them. It has been a wonderful way to meet our community face to face. People are amazed when you meet specific needs with no strings attached. For a complete list of dates and times, click on to the Laundry Love tab. For more information on the Laundry Love program in general, visit the national website at www.laundrylove.org.
Sock it to Salina: Years ago we learned that socks are one of the greatest needs for a number of agencies through the winter. In response, each November we collect new socks to share with a variety of places in Salina. Some of the agencies we share with are Salina Rescue Mission, Ashby House, Central Kansas Mental Health, Food Bank, Catholic Charities, Pregnancy Service Center, DVACK, CKF, Salvation Army and BACA. If you would like to be a collection site, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Scarf Project: We are mindful of our neighbors during the cold Kansas winters. Keeping an eye on the forecasts, we hang scarves, hats and gloves from trees, lampposts, bus stops and fences for people to take to help keep them warm. Each winter we give away hundreds of items. We collect these year round so we have plenty to give away each winter. Donations can be dropped off at our office at 155 S. 5th Street.
Play in the Park: Our goal is to bring encouragement, cultivate relationships and help make good memories in local neighborhoods. Each summer we invite the neighbors of specific neighborhood parks with a personal invitation tied to a solar light. We buy summer toys and playground equipment to give away to the neighbors who attend. If you can contribute sports equipment, sidewalk chalk, bubbles or jump ropes, let us know. If you are interested in helping in any way, contact us!
Christmas Giving: We work prepare all year to help families at Christmas. We have a Target registry and an Amazon Wish List. Right now, we are also accepting gift cards of any kind. These can be to retail stores, grocery stores, fast food restaurants, cards with minutes for prepaid cell phones and places like The Alley, The District, the movies, Rolling Hills Zoo, or any other place that would provide a fun family experience.
Starting Over: We have many opportunities to help provide home goods for those starting over with nothing. It has been absolutely amazing to see how God provides through those people willing to share what they have! Examples of things we always need are: silverware, can openers, spatulas, cleaning supplies, queen sheet sets, towels, pots and pans, and personal hygiene supplies.
The Valentine Project: Originating over 25 years ago, this is a project Salina Shares became aware of and helped with in 2015. This project ensures that children in the hospital on Valentine’s Day, all get a goodie bag full of valentines, small toys and treats. In 2016 we began extending this effort and deliver Valentine bags to senior citizens who live alone.
Winter Wear: We have a garment rack with gently used coats and jackets in our office at 155 S. 5th Street. These are available for anyone who needs them. We will accept clean, gently used coats throughout the winter. If you can help purchase coats, hats, gloves or scarves, out of season when they are cheaper, we gladly accept them year round.
Light Up Your Community: We purchase 300-500 solar lights each year and take them door-to-door with an invitation to our Play in the Parks during the summer. We love bringing light and love to Salina neighborhoods!
Bus Stop Blessings: We are keenly aware of people outside in extreme heat or cold. We have taken cold waters, snacks, hot chocolate, hats, scarves, gloves, hand and foot warmers and bus passes to those waiting. We have also boarded the buses and given away small gifts and encouraging notes to people as we visit and ride together.
Flurry of Flip Flops: Each year we hang flip flops along the iron gate around Kenwood Cove. We would like to do this again next summer. We look for them off season when they are on clearance. If you would like to donate flip flops, let us know!