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Blue Angel Community Service Projects 2016-2017 [3 inch patch]


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BLUE ANGEL COMMUNITY SERVICE PATCH PROGRAM 2016-2017
Metallic threads of silver on a satin twill [3 inch square]
Complete 3 Requirements to earn this patch
Each symbol represents a community service project.
All the underlined text will take you to a new link for a patch, when you click on it
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Note: The patch program is a guideline for the symbols that are presented on the patch. You can substitute other projects that represent these symbols. Each project does not need to be completed in specific order. The months noted are only suggested months to complete the projects.
You can also have a community event and complete 3 projects in a day. Invite others to assist at your event. Example: Collect shoebox items, food, and make cards for veterans at your event.

September - (art/pinwheel) Create a pinwheel for peace, gather art supplies for the less fortunate, create a card or artistic item to give to your teacher or community worker, make book marks for the library or teacher, Decorate plain white envelopes and donate them to Sunday Friends or decorate the envelope of your holiday cards for soldiers, create a poster and anything artistic for a community service project. Participate in the artist in the making, gold award project online or host an event that involves arts and crafts or any other artistic project.

**Please note if you created a pinwheel for peace or artist in the making, you can also earn the patch for that project and check it off as a requirement for this patch.

October- [tree/pumpkin] Juliette Low's birthday is on Halloween. Create a project a Juliette Low event, complete a project Juliette Low like her and help others, decorate a tree for theMisfit Sock Forest placing notes of kindness and anti bullying message, clean up a trail, teach someone new how to letterbox or geocaching donate Halloween costumes, go camping or teach someone camping skills or songs, adopt a troop OR invite a group to complete any fall fun activity. Older participants can host an outdoor event of camping, hayrides, apple picking, Juliette Low event, letterboxing, and other activities for younger children, elderly, OR those in need.

**Join in the Million Misfit Sock March and Celebrate what makes you different + take a stand against bullying-wear MISFIT SOCKS. Mis-fit Sock Day with the matching year bar.
**Don't forget to collect glasses for Sight Nght on October 31. Free flyers available on line.

November- [cans, boxes and jar] Donate food for friends in your community for Thanksgiving baskets or anytime at the local food bank at the local grocery store or faith organizations. Let the local food bank know you would like to adopt a family for the holidays. Purchase all the non-perishable items needed to create their own dinner. Other ideas are creating bread for the needy, work in a soup kitchen, make a simple meal for a family in need going through an illness, help elderly by preparing daily meals for them, help at a homeless shelter, stock and organize food pantries. Have a masquerade ball and collect food for the needy at the event or group meeting. Assign each group or person an item to bring and create bags of groceries for those in need. Deliver them to local food bank.

December- [Wrapped box/tag on tree] Create shoeboxes for children or shoeboxes for soldiers or Jared box. {Lists of items to place in the boxes are located on the above links}. Shoeboxes can be dropped off at the local faith organizations or other locations that are accepting the boxes.

Other Options: Write a letter to Santa or answer one from a needy child. You can ask your local participating post office to get a letter from an underprivileged kid, buy a gift, and mail your package.Create a toy drive or adopt a family for the holidays. Provide pajamas for children in need. Choose a child from an angel tree or local organization that has a list of items for children, elderly, or soldiers. Create holiday cards for soldiers. You can also organize a holiday party at a family shelter or bring joy to a senior home. Spread Joy to seniors by Singing songs and give out small gifts you collected or created. Call ahead to see how many will be in attendance. Collect the stamps off your holiday cards for the stamp ministry.

January-[blanket/hat OR mittens] Create a blanket or scarf for a someone in need, oncologly patients are always accepted blankets OR shop for warm hats, mittens and scarves. Older participants can crochet or knit a scarf. [directions on how to create blanket]

Project Linus [click on a state for an area near you] accepts blankets across the USA for children. All blanket styles are welcome, including quilts, tied comforters, fleece blankets, crocheted or knitted afghans.

February-[card and envelope] Send Valentine cards to veterans, assisted living, soldiers, patients, or community helpers. You can also deliver the cards or collect a large amount at an event.

March-[woman symbol/ balloon] March is Women's History Month. It is also Girl Scout's 105th birthday which was created by Juliette Low. Write letters to ladies and decorate your paper with artwork and stickers. Create birthday bags for needy children, create baskets for women's shelters of items to pamper them, visit an assisted living home, choose a woman a history that inspires you and teach it to others, learn about the underground railroad and the women that assisted, donate clothing, learn about self defense, participate in a program that helps women or girls.

Older participants: Have a mother/daughter event, walk or volunteer for a breast cancer event, have an event and share information about Juliette Low or other women in history, help host a thinking day/cultural event or booth and teach them about girls around the world (culture, language, and foods etc.)

April-[cookies] Donate cookies, make cookies, have a cookie exchange, volunteer at a cookie college or rally. Help younger girls sell cookies. They accept cookies at assisted living homes, homeless shelters, after school programs, or you can create a basket and give them to someone to help cheer them up.

Older participants: If you are a scout this is the 100th year of selling cookies, you help younger scouts how to earn a marketing badge or cookie patch, how to sell cookies, create costumes or posters, volunteer to assist at booths. Donation bar for Ronald McDonald House.

May- [princess crown] Complete a good deed for a someone in need OR participate in an ANTI-BULLY program OR choose a project of your own that you would like to complete--check out our community service patch list for idea OR create something artistic OR be buddy to someone or be helpful to someone OR teach someone new skill, hiking, sewing, art, photography etc. OR help your r a neighbor or elderly home OR complete a project that helps the earth OR host a party or event for younger children. OR create decorations, food, and decorate cupcakes for a party for seniors or those in need OR complete a leadership program and help others OR teach
misfit manners
to others.[free kit online]

June- [star] You are a star for helping others in your community. Choose a project that you enjoy. Examples: Share your gifts with others (such as language, art, science etc.); create blankets for those in need; help your neighbor by collecting items for the holidays or food; make decorations for a social event; offer to be a mother's helper or help the elderly.

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This patch program was created by Nicole O. as her silver award in 2000. We have continued to host the project to help others in completing at least three community projects a year. She still assists annually to come up with ideas and projects to complete.
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If you are planning on organizing a collection for one of the above projects, below are some easy steps to get started.

1. Supplies and Help- Write down a list of supplies you will need to organize the collection, including volunteers to assist you in organizing and promoting it.
2. Drop off locations- Think of and confirm drop-off dates and locations. [This could be at a local monthly meeting with your organization or public facilities.]
3. Connect- Contact local areas such as your after school or daycare centers, faith organizations, library, scout groups, or even the school.
4. Develop flyers and collect emails-Make sure to state the date and locations for the drop-off and who will benefit from the donations. List and gather the items should be new or gently used.
5. Contact- Tell all of your friends and local groups. Ask groups to forward your email/flyer to through local newsletters, email blasts, social media, or allow you to post your flyer in their buildings.[especially if you have a pick up box there] 6. Pick-up-Make sure there is someone that can assist you in picking up the items once the collection is over. You may want to check on them weekly if it is a month long collection project.
7. Containers- Create a box or purchase/use a plastic container to place the items in. You can ask for large boxes at stores or food warehouses.
8. Schedule the drop-off to the organization or place you are donating to at least one week before the date you plan to give them the items. This gives you time to go through the items and make sure some of them are not damaged or the incorrect items. Keep a tally of the number of items you collected so you can let the facility know how many you are donating. This helps them know if they have enough for everyone and helps you set a goal for the following year or next project.
9. Divide your tasks - don't do it all yourself.
Delegate- Such as picking up at certain locations, handing out flyers, sending emails, creating boxes, or posters.






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