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Art Kits for Caring Kids

January 14 @ 12:00 pm - January 30 @ 9:00 pm

Help bring joy to our “grandfriends” living in skilled nursing and assisted living facilities throughout the Milwaukee area by having your children make artwork to help them celebrate Valentine’s Day.

Coronavirus has left so many of our elderly community members feeling alone. Due to needed isolation for their own health and safety, facilities are limiting visitors again. Our playgroups at these facilities have been canceled indefinitely and they miss seeing our kids’ happy faces while having fun, playing games, and doing crafts. Artwork created by our kids and photos of them can bring great joy in what can feel like dark times. So many of our kids enjoy doing art projects. Now residents of local skilled nursing and assisted living facilities can hang their work on their walls to decorate for the winter and holiday season.


Kids will complete three projects using the materials supplied in KIC’s art kit. Participants are encouraged to add any of their own special touches to the projects to make them unique and special in ways that only kids can! We loved to see the kids’ creativity with each month’s art projects. Feel free to dig into your own art and craft supplies to add this personality.

You will pick up a storage bag that will contain supplies and directions for three projects. Details of the projects and pictures of examples of completed projects will be provided in the follow-up email you will receive after signing up.

The recipients of the artwork would love to receive a photo of your child(ren) and/or a note to accompany their artwork if you are comfortable with that.


Kids will have the opportunity to tap into their creativity and help fill the walls of Milwaukee nursing and assisted living facilities this holiday season.


Kids will learn that something they create can bring joy to others.

When and Where

Pick up a prepared Art Kit from the front porch box at 5524 N Diversey Blvd., Whitefish Bay between the dates of Jan. 14-21 from noon to 9 p.m.

Return completed artwork in the storage bag to the same address by Jan. 30 any time before 6 p.m. Projects can be turned in any day between the pickup and drop-off dates.

Registration Information


Participant Cap: We will have 20 Art Kits prepared for January. If you are unable to get one of the KIC Art Kits, feel free to create any of your own artwork and drop it off at the same address by Jan. 30. Please indicate how many art kits you would like during registration by registering the number of people that matches the number of art kits you need (for example, if you have two children and you want two kits, only fill out the information for two people on the registration form). A follow-up email will be sent out to confirm the requested number of kits and provide more information on/photos of the art projects.

Age: All ages

Cost: Free

Materials: Scissors, glue, paint, stapler, and crayons/markers. Use your own craft supplies at home to enhance your projects.

Creativity is encouraged! If your family would like to participate but is in need of any supplies, please let Kristin Sherman know after receiving the follow-up email and KIC can supply your family with these materials.

Questions: Please contact Kristin Sherman at [email protected] with any questions.

More information: The art projects will be distributed by Operation Sunshine:

“The purpose of Operation Sunshine is to bring some “sunshine,” encouragement, love, and support to our elderly community, primarily in nursing homes and long-term care facilities (but also isolated at home). Our main goal with Operation Sunshine is to support and encourage the nursing home and long-term care facility residents. We deliver art to facilities all over SE Wisconsin. If residents are able to come out of their rooms, we deliver a large stack of art to line the hallways and common areas. If residents are confined to their rooms, we then deliver a piece of art and a handwritten note to each resident. We put a little sticker and a picture of a kid from the community on each piece of art. We have found this makes it a little more personal. We have also delivered more than 2000 masks, painted rocks, “jewelry” made by little ones and so much more. We deliver whatever we can get that might bring a little light to someone’s day.”


January 14 @ 12:00 pm
January 30 @ 9:00 pm
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