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A World of Hearts

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As we conclude National Volunteers Week, we want to remind you that volunteering can still happen every day. Starting next week, we will kick off another volunteer opportunity for anyone to participate.
 
#AWorldOfHearts is a social media movement to create joy, spread love and generate hope. Volunteers can join this movement at Presbyterian Homes & Services (PHS) communities by creating a craft or kit to share with a resident (or several residents) within a community. Residents can then share the creation with the world by putting it up in their window.
 

PHS has chosen the following themes, each with their own meaning and spring-themed design.
 
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When you see a tree with hearts for leaves in a resident’s window, or throughout a community, it represents affection and love. It reminds us all that love is like a tree, rooted, with many branches and different parts.
 




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When you see a butterfly in a resident’s window, think of spring and new beginnings. The butterfly is the symbol of hope.
 




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When you see a grouping of three, whether it be hearts, crosses or any other symbol of faith, it is to remind us of the Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
 
Our hope is that through this activity, residents and loved ones can take part in something together, even when they feel far apart. Let’s make the world a little more beautiful by filling every window with #AWorldOfHearts!
 
This is what you can do:
 
Instructions (video instructions can be found at the bottom of the page)

  1. Gather your supplies (see supplies section).
  2. Choose a theme and locate the theme’s worksheet.
  3. Use your selected theme worksheet to help create the elements of your theme: print, cut, make stencils. The finished design examples on the templates may be black, but we want your final product to be creative! Make it colorful and bright and add your own flair!
  4. Optional: Hang your completed craft in your window; take a picture of yourself in front of, or in the window, holding the kits for the residents. Post on social media using #AWorldOfHearts, #StayConnected, and #EnrichingLives, and tag your favorite PHS community.
  5. Prepare to send or deliver the craft or kit to a PHS community. Include the picture that you took with what you send to the resident(s), if possible.
  6. For your nearest PHS community, visit preshomes.org and click on “Find a Community.” When you find a community near you, click to “Learn More” about that community. Contact information is listed on the bottom of each community’s page, including a mailing address.
*Packages can be dropped off, but we encourage you to call ahead for drop off hours. We have implemented new guidelines to ensure the safe handling and delivery of outside packages.
 
Supplies
  1. Gallon size Ziploc bag or large envelope
  2. Colored or patterned paper
  3. Scissors
  4. Optional: markers, crayons, etc. to decorate hearts
  5. Optional: if you decide to make one for yourself and take a picture for the resident, you’ll need tape or glue dots to affix the paper to your window.
Directions
  1. Create a stencil page for chosen design from the Template Page. Print at 100% on an 8.5 x 11” paper.
  2. Cut out stencils, and trace objects onto paper.
  3. Cut out objects for colorful or patterned paper.
  4. Decorate objects, if desired.
  5. Assemble craft for yourself, while looking at finished design page for direction.
  1. Optional: assemble finished design on your window and take picture, posting it on social media using #AWorldOfHearts, #StayConnected, and #EnrichingLives, and tag your favorite PHS community.
  1. Send or deliver all craft pieces and a printed finished design page from this packet to the community of your choice. If you took a picture of yourself with the finished product, send that too, along with a little note of introduction! Please note: each community will have glue dots and tape, so there’s no need to send them with your kit for the resident.
*Packages can be dropped off, but we encourage you to call ahead for drop off hours. We have implemented new guidelines to ensure the safe handling and delivery of outside packages.

Video instructions:
 

Thank you for making a difference! For any questions regarding volunteering, please email volunteering@preshomes.org.



 

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