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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

AHG Lenten Kick-Off~Socks of Love

"I’m participating in the Keeping LOVE in LENT Blog Link-Up 2013, hosted by
Raising (& Teaching) Little SaintsTruly Rich Mom and Arma Dei: Equipping Catholic Families. We'll be sharing different ways, tips, stories and real-life experiences that will help us focus on Lenten sacrifices, prayer and good deeds, and how to carry them out with LOVE instead of a GRUMBLE. Please scroll down to the end of the post to see the list of link-up entries.”

Our American Heritage Girls troop had a great Lenten Kick-Off with Socks of Love.
This was such a fun and successful service project that I came up with for our Youth Group last year... SO it was a joy to bring it on board and introduce it to AHG:)  We were able to join forces with our Youth Group to (almost) double our almsgiving efforts this year!  
Not all of the girls in our troop observe Lenten practices but it was a great service, nonetheless.

Our local homeless shelter has an ongoing need for travel size items for their overnight guests.  The idea behind Socks of Love is to provide a clean pair of socks, filled with all of the necessary items for the shelter to give out to those who come to them in need.
  • We start by collecting travel sized items and long knee/ tube socks.  Crew socks work as well (but not as well as the full knee socks). 
  • Stuffing items include shampoo, deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, chap stick, hand sanitizer, kleenix, sunscreen, lotion, etc.
  • Like-items are then sorted into gallon ziplock bags to keep them together for better assembly line work.
  • One of the socks is placed inside the other, prior to stuffing. (This makes it look like we are only stuffing one sock)  Having one inside the other also helps not to stretch the socks out too much.
  • About 10-12 items fit into the long knee socks.
  • 6-8 items fit into crew socks.
It's surprising how quickly we stuffed all the socks!

Some of the girls worked on writing out tags to tie around the top of the socks when stuffing was complete.
We tied off the top to prevent items from falling out and included a tag with a loving scripture verse:)
Our AHG troop stuffed a total of 57 socks!
The Youth Group stuffed 70 socks for a grand total of 127 Socks of Love all together!
The Gospel Mission received gratefully on Ash Wednesday:)
This is a great way to share *LOVE*
What service or almsgiving does your family do during Lent?

Check out the Lent reflections participating in the Keep LOVE in LENT Blog Link-Up 2013!  We'll be sharing different ways, tips, stories and real-life experiences that will help us focus on Lenten sacrifices, prayer, and good deeds, and how to carry them out with LOVE instead of GRUMBLE.  

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  1. I love your blog (I've been browsing). This is the reason why I join link ups like this. We too renew our consecration to Our Lady often and am always on the lookout for other bloggers who belong to her Immaculate Heart. I'm your newest subscriber

    1. Thank you for stopping by, Anabelle and nice to meet you! Ave Maria:)

  2. What a beautiful gesture of LOVE! how do you link up to each blog? I would like to participate with my lil' rascals. =)

    1. Hi Jackie~Check with the hosts who are linked back at the top of my blog post. I know the deadline was Mardis Gras but not sure if they are doing late add-ons? Hope to see you participate:) God bless!

  3. Love this idea. We have made little Easter bags with these type of items and then gave them to the homeless on the corners.

    1. Thank you and love your Easter bag idea too:)

  4. Hi Tiffany! :)

    Such a cute idea! :) I want to do this, too! :) Such a unique idea :)

    God bless!

    1. Thank you, Ginger and thanks for stopping by!

  5. What a great group project, Tiffany! I love the labels!

  6. Wonderful. We are still in the works of starting up our American Heritage Girls at the church here. We might use this for our homeschooling group. Thanks, again.

  7. Hi Tiffany!! I am a new follower from the KLIL link up! I love this project idea, it's truly beautiful! I am sharing your "true generosity" quote on my Facebook page! Have a blessed Lent!

  8. What a wonderful and loving project. I love the details on the Angel Tags. I just had to pin this for future reference. God Bless

  9. I love this idea! Great way to kick of Lent!

  10. We did this with our AHG TX1318 last year after seeing your blog. We are doing this again this year..actually tomorrow we start! Thanks for posting a great idea!

  11. We did this last year with our AHG Troop TX1318 after seeing it on your blog. We are going to do this again this year, actually we start tomorrow. Thanks for posting this great service project

  12. OK, I am a year late on this, but what a WONDERFUL service project!!! Please go to the American heritage Girls National Catholic Committee Facebook page and 'Like' it, and share this service project - actually, Please share this post! And - thank you for all you do to help the young ladies grow in Catholic scouting!!!

    Marybeth Slocumb
    Chair, National Catholic Committee
    American Heritage Girls


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