Here are some of the things we do. If you would like to help with a specific project, email us at 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.
The Scarf Project: We are mindful of our neighbors during the cold Kansas winters. Keeping an eye on the forecasts, we hang scarves, hats, gloves and even coats 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 Hair Affaire, Les Groom, On the Pot or Signature Salon.
Play in the Park: This is what took our little random acts of kindness to a growing love for our community. 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. In 2019 we will have "Play in the Park" at Woodland, Phillip and Kennedy Parks. We buy summer toys and playground equipment to give away to the neighbors who come play with us. 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: If you would like to adopt a family for Christmas, let us know! We also provide Christmas gifts and stocking stuffers for families in a variety of needy situations. If you are willing to shop for Salina Shares or contribute money toward these gifts, fill out the information in the Contact section and enter “Donate” in the subject line.
Starting Over: We have had opportunities to help provide furnishings and home needs 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, toilet paper, paper towels, cleaning supplies, queen sheet sets, towels, pillows and pots and pans. If you are willing to be called on the spur of the moment to help meet an emergency need, fill out the information in the Contact section and enter “Emergency Needs” in the subject line.
The Valentine Project: Originating over 20 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 purchase the majority of our supplies out of season when they are least expensive. If you can help purchase coats, hats, gloves or scarves, all donations are greatly appreciated. We are especially in need of coats in larger sizes (1X-4X).
Music and Memories: One of the services we would like to implement is providing music from the 40's, 50's and 60's to Alzheimer's patients and the elderly. To do this, we need donations of new or used iPods, MP3 players or any similar devices, as well as head phones. The current playlists will be deleted and replaced with the "oldies" and given to people for an enjoyable walk down memory lane!
Light Up Your Community: This year, we bought over 500 solar lights and took them door-to-door with an invitation to our Play in the Parks. We were excited to bring 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!
The Least Expected: We make it a point to think of those who are not often acknowledged, behind the scenes or who are often alone. We are always looking for ways to let them know we are thinking of them.
Drive Thru Deliveries: We love to leave encouraging notes, candy or small gifts in the tubes or drawers at banks and drive thru pharmacies.