Yesterday we had the pleasure of having Ed Hinde from SHIP (Student Homelessness Initiative Project) come out and present to the kids at our Compassionate Kids Club meeting. We learned that there are some 600 hundred children within FCPS that are encountering homelessness each year – students in 61 out of the 66 schools in just our county! Country wide there are some 1.5 million kids facing homelessness. SHIP works along with Frederick County Public Schools to help fill the most dire needs for these kids. Ed told the kids a few ways they could get involved and suggested that helping with their “Homeless for the Holidays” campaign would have a great impact. This campaign specifically asks the community to donate new hygiene items for the FCPS Warehouse in the month of December.
After Ed left the kids voted to work with SHIP for this months project. In addition to kids asking their friends and family hygiene items through a “bag drop and return” the kids wanted to do something more hands on to help raise money to buy their own items to donate to SHIP. They decided to hold a “Talent Show for SHIP” details will be coming soon as they work together to decide how to pull off this grand idea! If your kiddos want to get involved just show up! We meet on Mondays from 4:30-5:30 at Common Market.
SaMP Kids – Compassionate Kids Club is a weekly group focused on compassion and community service. Kids of all ages will come together to choose a service based project that will help teach them the importance of compassion for others and how their service big and small can make a difference in our community.
We are still in need of ASL proficient volunteers to help at our weekly meetings if you are able and willing to assist one of our regular attendees get the most out of our weekly meet ups please consider signing up to help for a week or two throughout the year. http://signup.com/go/HtyNBNC
SaMP Kids is a free LEARN program thanks to the support of our sponsors and donors.