Monday, April 25, 2016

Helping Hands Patch Program

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This patch program was inspired by one of my favorite qualities of scouting, Service Projects. You can call it Take Action Projects, Service Projects, Volunteering, or Giving Back. No matter what you may call them, they are simply activities where you are volunteering your time to make the world a better place. That's a pretty cool thing in my book.

The focus of this patch program is to encourage you to find ways to be a pair of Helping Hands. There are a variety of people, places, and things listed for ways to lend a helping hand. You can come up with your own idea, too.

Let me tell about the idea behind the design. The world is in the shape of a heart, because your heart has to be behind your work in order to change the world. The Earth heart is held with a pair of strong hands wearing work gloves and a denim shirt. My Dad, who passed away last Summer, always wore denim shirts when he worked. He told me how proud he was of me for the volunteer work I do. I grew up seeing him helping others anytime he could, so I learned from the best. The hands are holding forget-me-not flowers, because we can never forget to help out and plant seeds of kindness each day through the service we give.

So, this patch is very special to me. It's a tribute to my Dad, to my own volunteerism, and knowing someone out there sees and recognizes the amount of time and work we put into making the world a bit better.

A few examples of the people, places, and things you are encouraged to help are: 
  • Help a neighbor
  • Help a veteran
  • Help your school custodian
  • Help your community
  • Help at an animal shelter
  • Help save energy (Turn off lights, Conserve water)
The Helping Hands patch is approximately 2 1/2" x 2 1/4".
It is fully embroidered and sew on.
Patches are $2.00 each, which includes shipping and applicable taxes. 

The Program Guide is a free download.

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