Kidlist At-Home Volunteering Event brought to you by Corsalus Financial

We are making our volunteer event an annual thing! And this year it will be a pick up and drop off event so you can decorate and fill Birthday Boxes and Sweet Cases for local kids in need from home. We are excited to offer this opportunity to give back, especially because your kids can be involved. It’s doable for all ages, hands on, and impacts local kids! It’s wonderful to be able to partner with our site sponsor, Corsalus Financial to provide this way to volunteer with your kids.

photo from our event last year

All of the decorated and packed Sweet Cases and Birthday Boxes you put together will be donated to All Our Children’s Advocacy Center in Justice, who will be passing them out to kids in tough situations around Chicagoland, such as kids that need support while being relocated for their own safety. You can read more about their work here.

Kit pick up will take place on Saturday, February 13, 2021 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm at the Spring Rock Park warming pergola in Western Springs. You can then take them home to decorate and pack, and bring them back to the same location a week later so they can be prepared for donation.

February 2021 Family-Friendly Events

A huge thanks to the Western Springs Parks Department for letting us use the warming pergola at Spring Rock Park for both the pick up and drop off. The pergola is new and available for rental! There are heaters to keep this outdoor space warm and supplies for the fireplace come with your rental as well.

Pick Up and Drop Off Details

Kit Pick Up
February 13, 2021 | 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Warming Pergola at Spring Rock Park
4400 Central Avenue
Western Springs, IL 60558

Donation Drop Off
February 20, 2021 | 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Warming Pergola at Spring Rock Park
4400 Central Avenue
Western Springs, IL 60558

The warming pergola is located next to the covered pavilion by the upper parking lot off Central Avenue.

Options to Decorate and Donate

Sweet Cases are $25 each and include a duffle bag to decorate, teddy bear, coloring book, pack of crayons, hygiene kit, and blanket. You decorate the outside panel and fill the bag with the provided supplies.

Birthday Boxes are also $25 each and include 6 streamers, 6 balloons, birthday card (which you/your child writes/draws in), birthday banner, set of candles, 6 party fans, 6 party hats, and bag of confetti. The boxes have words and pictures on them that you can color. Please note that they come flat and you will need to assemble the boxes (instructions will be provided).

If your child is into coloring, we suggest doing a Birthday Box. If they are more into drawing, Sweet Cases involve free form drawing shapes and pictures on a duffle bag.

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You are welcome to decorate the boxes and/or bags with your children or reserve one for yourself. The more we decorate and pack, the more kids in need will receive them!

All of the supplies will be provided, including decorating materials and items to go into the bags and boxes, but you need to pay for however many bags or boxes your family would like to donate.

Corsalus Financial is providing the decorating materials, as well as paying for shipping of the kit materials from Together We Rise and the credit card processing fees so you will not have any added costs. They will also be at drop off to prepare the finished kits for donation. We are excited about partnering with them for this event and love their desire to serve and be a valuable resource for local families!

How to Reserve Your Kits

Simply choose how many Birthday Boxes and Sweet Cases you would like to decorate, fill, and donate, then and pay through the order form below.

Kidlist is donating both our time and resources and is not receiving any compensation for hosting this event. We love supporting the community! I will be ordering and preparing the kits for you to pick up. Can’t wait to see you there!

Looking for more volunteering opportunities? Click here to view our guide to volunteering with kids in the suburbs.

About the Author

Annie Tandy
Annie loves making great memories with her kids and started Kidlist in 2011 so she can help others do the same! Besides finding fun and exciting things to do, Annie and her kids enjoy caring for their chickens and hanging out with them in the backyard. Click here to read about Annie's chickens and see pictures! She also finds joy in gardening, home improvement projects, knitting, soap making, and painting along with being active in her community, church, and as a board member of the Western Springs Business Association. Click here to follow Annie on Instagram.

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