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Charity and do-gooding can be a difficult concept for kids to grasp––but local art haven Mint Studio’s Crafting with Purpose series puts the power to change the world in the palms of kids’ hands––literally. This fall and holiday season, kids can learn new crafts and their handmade goods will be donated to a local charity. Read on to learn more about this transformative artistic experience that enables participants to make an immediate difference in the community by using their creativity to promote goodwill.

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This series is meant for kids as young as kindergarteners to adults and is a unique opportunity to do something with your child or have them experience it on their own. Some of the classes will have age requirements for the craft involved, so be sure to check the full calendar for details. Girl Scouts may earn a badge and all groups are welcome to participate.

Sign up: Click here to sign up online for the Crafting with Purpose classes you’d like to attend.

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The Crafting with Purpose Series will run from Sep. 12th-Dec. 15th and the Nov. and Dec. schedules are still being finalized, so check back with Mint Studio online for future dates. The only cost of these classes are the materials. This series will give kids great exposure to learning new things, developing confidence and learning the importance of volunteering, citizenship and community.

9/12: Sewing Series – make a dress to donate to an orphanage.

9/20: Knitting Series – make a scarf to donate to the homeless.

9/27: Fabric Art – make a Kindness DIY tote to donate to Rady Children’s Hospital (tote will include activities to keep kids on bed rest occupied.

10/4: Flower Series: make a flower arrangement to donate to families of Hospice by the Sea.

10/11: Word Rock Project: paint positive vibes and hide around town for someone who needs it.

10/17: Hand-Lettering: kindness notes for anti-bullying.

10/24: Blanket Making: blankets are donated to the homeless.

10/26: Halloween Costume & Craft at Senior Living

Additional classes will be added through the holiday season, so stay tuned to Mint Studio for more information.

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Why: The Inspiration Behind Crafting with Purpose
We spoke with Mint Studio founder Jayme Sanders about her inspiration and goals for starting the Crafting with Purpose series. She shared, “The motivation behind the “Crafting with Purpose” series is my belief in building confidence and character in kids and the belief that the creative process is a unique way to connect our community. I have 3 young kids and as a mother, I am looking for opportunities for them to volunteer and gain perspective in a safe way while doing something that instills values.  This series will develop their skills and connect creativity and community by opening their hearts as they learn the true gift is in the giving. We are in an “experience economy” and I feel this is the first time I have seen people spend more money on experiences than on things. My hope for this series is to develop tomorrow’s leaders and teach kids skills that are not typically being taught in school. They will leave the classes with the confidence that comes from learning they can make something pretty amazing and feel good about donating their time and talent to help someone who needs it.”

Mint Studio
5965 Village Way, #105
San Diego, Ca 92130

Where do you take your kids to make a difference in the community? Share in the comments.

––Beth Shea