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Supply the Love: Guatemala

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Supply the Love: Guatemala

In 2017 we launched Supply the Love! We supply the camera and film and you supply the love.  We would love to have you be an ambassador of Print the Love! If you are traveling to an under-resourced community anywhere on the globe in the next year and would like to participate in spreading random photo kindness to the local people, lets chat! Together we can make a difference! Application is online.

The Supply the Love program is 100% supported by donors. If you are not travelling, you can still donate funds towards the camera and film for those who are.

As part of the program, we ask that ambassadors write a short description of their experience. All the words are their own.

Kelsey in Guatemala

Grace Lutheran Church of Apple Valley is a part of a program that partners communities from the United States with communities within Iglesia Luterana de Guatemala. Our church sent a  group that traveled to Guatemala to visit a congregation in a rural community that our church is in partnership with. While in the community our group participated in many activities with the kids and adults. Activities ranged from playing games, to taking a walk through their fields and crops and learning to speak their native language, Q’eqchi. We also helped them install new stoves into their homes that will help them reduce the amount of wood needed and improve health by better ventilation of smoke.

helping with meala in Guatemala

During our time in the village, we took pictures of all the families in the community. The people from the village asked us many times to take their photo on our phones and cameras and were delighted to see the picture afterwards. It was a special opportunity to be able to take photos of each family and give it to them to keep in frames. Every person was excited and very grateful.

family photos in Guatemala

We also visited the community school and were able to take pictures of the students and donate some school supplies.

Guatemala school

After our visit to the village, our group traveled around Guatemala. We visited Tikal, the ancient Mayan ruins where we learned and explored the history and culture. We visited many other towns and in each place, we got to experience a new piece of Guatemala’s culture.  

Also, on our trip we visited a center for young women and a school in Guatemala City. At the women’s center, we met young women who came to the center to have the opportunity to further their education and life skills. We were able to spend time with them and get to know about their lives and ambitions. The young women are grateful for the opportunity to have control of their lives and the outcomes. It was inspiring to see their drive and the courage they have to be taking this step that not many other girls their age are able to take. We were so happy to be able to take their pictures and hopefully leave them with something to remember this time in their lives.

We also visited a small school and were able to spend time with the kids for the day. This school sits in a part of the city that is literally about to fall off of a cliff. While there we were able to see where they learn and play, and meet the extraordinary people that make their education possible. While at the school, we were not only able to leave photos with the school children, but we were able to leave photos with those people who contribute to making it the best place it can be for those kids.

Guatemala school on cliff

We met very wonderful people and saw amazing things during our time in Guatemala, both of which will never be forgotten.

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Random Kindness Relay

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Random Kindness Relay

We had an amazing time at our 1st Annual Random Kindness Relay! We had so much fun love bombing the uptown area and spreading some ripples of compassion out into the world! A HUGE thank you to the Awesome Foundation for helping make this happen!

We delivered plants to a nearby nursing home, gave out flowers, wrote notes of encouragement on the sidewalk, placed kindness post-it notes everywhere, hid money, painted and placed kindness rocks, wrote cards to kids in Cambodia, picked up trash, gave out dog treats, left baby wipes for parents in a crunch, gave high fives and hugs, posted free compliments posters, hid bookmarks in the free library books, called our moms, and more!

If you would like to host your own Kindness Relay in your neighborhood or community, we will send you a PDF full of ideas when you donate $5 to Print the Love for a family to get a photograph!

Lastly, thank you to Emily Woodward who made an incredible ripple photo backdrop out of tissue paper and to Josh Olson for taking beautiful photographs of the event. Also, thank you to the board and interns of Print the Love for all their hard work! And thank you to Lara at Anahata Collaborative for hosting us in such an amazing space!

We also want to thank our other in-kind donors: 

We hope you will join us in 2019!

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Supply the Love: Guatemala

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Supply the Love: Guatemala

The first time I traveled out of the United States, I noticed that most kids the same age as me didn't have pictures of themselves or family. This peaked my interest in how I could make a difference by giving them a photo to keep.

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5 Ways to Participate in World Kindness Day 2017

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5 Ways to Participate in World Kindness Day 2017

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Here at Print The Love we're gearing up to celebrate World Kindness Day 2017, and we'd like to share some ideas on how you can join in as well! Many of you probably already know what World Kindness Day is, but for those of you who don’t, here's a brief outline:

World Kindness Day is celebrated every year on November 13th, and it's the perfect opportunity to do something nice for someone. How crazy is that? A day of the year set aside just for being nice? Yes, we know, every day should be World Kindness Day, but for now, we will use November 13th as an excuse to be EXTRA nice!

So how can you join in on the movement? Well, below you will find five simple suggestions on how you can take a few moments out of your day to be nice to people, and do something kind!

1.     A Simple Gesture or ‘Hello!’

So often, we get caught up in our own lives, and we forget that even a simple hello can make someone’s day that much better.

  • Say hi to your garbage man.
  • Hold the door for the person who got coffee in front of you at Starbucks.
  • Refill the water jug at work instead of leaving it for the next person.
  • Park a few spaces further from the door when you're picking up groceries, and leave a closer parking space open for someone else.

Little things like this can truly make a difference!

2.     Pay it Forward

Remember the person you held the door open for at Starbucks? Maybe upon getting to the register you find out your order is already paid for! Your day automatically becomes better. Now pass that on!

We know not all of you will find yourself in a financial position to do this, but there are plenty of other ways to pay it forward!

  • Clean out your closet and donate your extra clothes to a shelter.
  • Donate blood.
  • Offer to babysit for a couple or a single parent so they can enjoy a night out!

Paying it forward is a simple, yet amazing way to be kind in your everyday life.

3.     Call Someone You Haven’t Talked to in a While

Simply acknowledging someone is often enough to brighten their day. Maybe you have a friend you haven’t spoken to in awhile, or you know a certain someone who might be struggling with some personal stuff right now; call them and catch up!

A simple “Hi! How are you doing?” could be enough to turn their entire day around, and it costs you nothing.

4.     Give Someone a Shout Out

We all have those people in our lives that do way more for us than we do for them. It isn’t that we don’t do things for them, it’s just that they are such amazing people that you would never be able to do as much for them as they do for you. Well, this one is for them!

Take a moment and give them a shout out on Facebook! Thank them for everything they do for you. Let them know that their efforts do not go unnoticed, and tell them how much you appreciate them.

5.     Be Kind to Yourself!

So often, and everyone here at Print The Love is certainly guilty of this, we tend to focus so much on helping others, that we forget to think about ourselves. We are firm believers that to help others, you must first help yourself.

  • Treat yourself to lunch at your favorite café.
  • Set aside some time in the evening to take a bath and enjoy a good book.
  • Buy those concert tickets.
  • Go to that birthday party your friend is having.

Take the time to be kind to yourself, and soon you will be able to show kindness to others even more frequently.

 

Let us know what you’ll be doing for World Kindness Day 2017 by telling us on our Facebook page here!  

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