Activity time: 15 minutes
Materials for Activity
- Newsprint, markers and tape
- Postcard-sized card stock in various colors, at least one sheet for each participant
- Markers, colored pencils, crayons
- Stickers of festive shapes and designs
Preparation for Activity
- Identify a hospital for military veterans which will welcome participants' cards of appreciation. The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs website lists hospitals all over the country. If possible, choose one near your congregation. Find out to whom you can send the children's cards.
- Designate a co-leader or adult volunteer to collect the finished cards and make sure they are sent or delivered to the appropriate contact.
- Post blank newsprint.
Description of Activity
Engage the group to send wishes and prayers in cards to hospitalized military veterans. Say in your own words:
We will be making cards of appreciation and good wishes for men and women who have served our country in the military. Some of them have risked their lives. All of them have chosen a job that helps to protect us and our country.
Ask, "Why is it important to acknowledge the service of others?" Allow some comments.
Ask, "In what way can we show our gratitude on a postcard?" Invite the children to think of messages to write on the cards. Write their contributions on the newsprint you have posted.
You may wish to clarify that veterans may be in a hospital for a war injury or for a reason unrelated to their military service. Explain that once a person becomes part of the military, they are entitled to some public support for the rest of their lives; that is one way society shows its gratitude.
Let the group know exactly where the cards will be going. Talk with children while they make the cards.