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COMMUNITY SERVICE BLUE ANGEL PATCH PROGRAM 2016-2017
Metallic threads of silver and gold [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, artistic creation, fill a basket, donate items, and make cards at your event.

Click on the blue links below to see other patches you can earn or guidelines on completing a specific project for an organization.

Backpack-

  • School Supplies are collected various times of the for schools, preschools, day care centers, teacher appreciation week, and back to school.
  • Participate in collecting supplies or backpacks for those in need.
  • Teachers spend their own money every year to provide pencils, birthday pencils, stickers, markers, tissues and various items to students. Show your appreciation and donate supplies to your teacher. Most teachers have a list of items they need or prefer.
  • Donate backpacks to foster care centers and Section 1 schools. These items are needed throughout the year.

    Canned Goods-Donate food for to your community 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. Purchase all the non-perishable items needed to create their own dinner.
    • Other ideas are creating or donating bread for the needy.
    • Make a simple meal for a family in need or at the Ronald McDonald house.
    • Work in a soup kitchen or at a homeless shelter. Celebrate Juliette Low's birthday and have a masquerade ball in early November and collect food for the needy or Thanksgiving meal. Assign each group an item to bring and create bags of groceries for those in need. Deliver them to local food bank.

    Shoebox Gift and Gift Bag-
    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 donations.
    Donate gifts around the holidays or make small gifts for mail carrier, teacher or scout leader.
    Other Options listed below:

    • 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 donate toys at the local store.
    • Gift giving around the holidays byadopting a family. 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, elderly, or younger children.
    • Bring some joy to a senior 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.

    Card with heart-Create Valentines for Veterans, elderly, or assist children in a Valentine craft. Every year young children create special Valentines to brighten the lives of our nation's Veterans. Cards can be created in every shape and size - and are made with everything from tissue paper, stickers, and colored doilies to crayons, construction paper, and rubber stamps. You can also deliver the cards or collect a large amount at an event.Template for Valentine cards

    Clothing-Clear out your gently used clothing and donate it to the Salvation Army or other facility that donates the items to the less fortunate.

  • Provide pajamas for children in need.
  • Older participants can donate prom or homecoming gowns to collection areas in churches or boutiques.
  • The American Eagle store also collects your gently used jeans or recycle your jeans and decorate them with gems or artistic designs.
  • Adopt a child and purchase the clothing item from their list
  • Recycle your clothing into another item. Example decorate a t-shirt you have for thinking day or make a favorite shirt into a pillow.

    Book- Drop off or deliver your books to assisted living homes, preschools, hospitals, place them in overseas boxes for soldiers, Jared boxes, pajama project, or simply give a book to a friend, grandmother, teacher etc. More ideas listed below:

  • Become a book fairy and tie a tag on the books and donate them to one of the above organizations.
  • Read books to younger children or elderly.
  • Donate gently used books to Ronald McDonald house.
  • Help stock books at the library or organize books at school or book fair.
  • Create bookmarks for the library or volunteer for the summer program at the library.
  • Send a book to the pajama program that the kids can read at bedtime.
  • Participate in Read Across America and donate a book.

    Basket-Create your own spring baskets to give to your mom, women's shelter, children in need, Ronald McDonald House or elderly home. Older participants can host an event to collect pampering items for mom and women OR Easter items for children. Items can be donated at your local organizations or faith groups.

  • Create leader baskets for your service unit. Have a list of items to donate and organize a group to put them all together and deliver them to the meeting. Add a Leader Daughter patch or keychain to the basket.
  • Create mother's day basket for your mom or mothers at a shelter. Add a Mother Daughter patch if it is for your mom.
  • Visit the store or dollar store and have each participate make a spring basket for shelter or children in the hospital.
  • Recycle Symbol-

  • Recycle your markers, or crayons.
  • Recycle a pillow, blanket or clothing into something new.
  • Create recycle bins in your house and find out what you can recycle. Turn a new leaf and start recycling these items with your parent's permission.
  • Attend an event that talks about recycling and protecting our planet.
  • Attend an earth day event.
  • Learn more about recycling and what you can and cannot recycle. Find an organization that recycles an item and donate to it. For example: Soul Hope recycles jeans into shoes for children.
  • Recycle your shoes through the Shoeman program. that provides water to children.
  • Recycle your old paper scraps into an paper craft project.

    Art Supplies-
  • Donate or recycle art supplies.
  • Create an artistic gift for a special occasion.
  • Color Meals on Wheels placemats and lunch bags for them to hand out.
  • Color a paper bag for the earth day groceries project.
  • Decorate poppies for the Wall of Valor in Savannah, GA.
  • Decorate donation tags for animal shelters, toy drives, or angel trees.
  • Make cards for veterans, soldiers, elderly, and cards for kids.

    Star or Heart: 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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