WHAT IS SERVING WITH SMILES?

  • Serving With Smiles is a non-profit 501c3 organization committed to teaching and inspiring children hard work, compassion, leadership and service.



  • Serving With Smiles is a service organization that allows children ages 6 and older to participate in humanitarian projects one Saturday every 3 months.  Our projects last 1 1/2 hours, but you would not believe the work these kids crank out!  On average, in one hour we complete 2 quilts, 2 blankets, 2 book bags, 15 bead geckos, 25 bead bracelets, 1 hat loom, 2 ABC coloring books, 2 pictures books, 1 baby rattle AND 75 - 100 humanitarian kits (hygiene, school or newborn).  Whew!   It may not seem like much, but over the last 8 years we have distributed over 6,500 humanitarian kits and items to places like:  Arizona Indian Reservation, Togo, Malawi, Mali,  Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador,  Haiti, Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, New Mexico, Iraq, Afghanistan, Salt Lake City, South Africa, Ghana, North Dakota, Philippines, India and American Fork.  http://servingwithsmiles.blogspot.com/2008/08/our-current-efforts.html. We have an average of 75 kids that come each month and have over 550 kids on our role!


  • We also take the time to listen to speakers who are experts at humanitarian work.  They often inspire the children of SWS with their stories of people they have helped in many parts of the world.  Our favorite thing is to see pictures of recipients of our work actually holding items that we have made for them!!  So cool!

 
  • We are only able to move forward thanks to donations from members, companies and local schools.  We can do so much thanks to the charitable donations of those who believe in the mission and potential of Serving With Smiles.  If you would like to donate, please follow this link.  http://servingwithsmiles.blogspot.com/2008/01/donate-now.html


  • We are so thankful to local schools who have been so supportive and donate supplies to us!  The SWS @ school program has been incredibly integral in the success of our projects and of course help all the people we send supplies to.  If you would like to involve your school in this program, see this link http://servingwithsmiles.blogspot.com/2009/01/sws-at-school-packet.html


  • You can do it at home!  If you aren't able to come to our projects but would still like to help we have developed the SWS @ home program so you can do what we do at home (or reunions, parties or events)!  You can obtain copies at a monthly project in the pink bin OR go to this link for more info. http://servingwithsmiles.blogspot.com/2009/01/sws-at-home.html

  • We are so amazed by the children of Serving With Smiles.  From the 6 year olds clear up to the 18 year olds, you can find kids who are doing wonderful things at home, at school, with their friends and at church.   We want to hear every story and so we acknowledge the greatness of 2 children in the 6-11 age group and 12-18 age group every month.  If you would like to nominate a SWS kid that has done awesome things, go to http://servingwithsmiles.blogspot.com/2010/09/nominate-sws-kid-month.html




  • Serving With Smiles is a team effort!  We can't have projects without the hard work and support of our SWS directors!  They are awesome!  Most of them are parents and want to help because they want their own children to be immersed in the magic of SWS.  http://servingwithsmiles.blogspot.com/2008/11/sws-directors.html



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Ramblings and philisophical
beliefs of SWS by Elizabeth......


It all started with a desire...
to teach our own children! 11/2007

Corinne and I (Elizabeth) decided that we wanted to teach our children to be grateful for all the bounties that we have around us.  We also wanted our children to understand that the blessings that we enjoy should be shared because most of the world does not have what they need! 

Our first project was split into 2 different sessions between our 2 basements.  We gathered our kiddos and made 8 newborn kits.  It took us several tries and tons of trips to the store and our storage rooms.   I remember that Corinne was so emotional and grateful when we finished because she could see in the kids a magic that we have now become very familiar with....children LOVE to serve!  Our kids were so happy about their work and they were excited to help someone in need.

After that, we took our kids to surrounding neighborhoods passing out door flyers inviting everyone to our first, official Serving With Smiles project.  We spent hours and hours, along with our children preparing and planning.  The anticipated day arrived on May 15, 2007.  We didn't know what to expect.  Would other people be attracted to our idea?  Would anyone show up?  Would it be a disaster?  We arrived at our church building at 7:00 a.m. to get everything ready for 9:00.  Can you believe it, at 9:00 40 kids showed up ready and anxious to get to work!  It was amazing!  First of all, people showed up.  Second, we witnessed that "magic" again.  The kids were happily working because they knew they were helping others in need!!  What is this? 

Here we are, 4 1/2 years later.   We started out making 8 kits and now we have made over 4,100 kits and they have been sent to countries all over the world!  Corinne and I have been through a lot together and separately.  We've had many trials and many joys.  We've had moves, deaths, job losses, children born, children grown and triumphs.  Through it all Serving With Smiles has continued to thrive and prosper.  Why?  Whenever it seemed that SWS would not last because we could not see how we could pay for this or we didn't know how we could figure out that, someone always swooped in and made it work.  Serving With Smiles is good.  Every dime donated goes to purchasing supplies for humanitarian kits and obligations.  Every minute spent is with love and concern for the children of SWS and those we serve.  We feel that divine intervention has kept Serving With Smiles afloat and there is a reason for that. 

We need good in the world.  Good saves the world.  Children, keeping their hands busy serving people they have never met is "magic" because there is power when children are so focused on loving others.  Our tiny group of 5 children has now grown to over 700 children, including 2 new branches in Saratoga Springs and Pleasant Grove who serve and realize they really can make a difference.  They really can change the world.

What is Serving With Smiles?  It is a way for children to perform their innermost desires.  Their desire is to help people in need.  When they watch the news or read a newpaper article depicting suffering, their first reaction is, "Who will help them?  What can I do to help them?"  Serving With Smiles is the answer to their questions and you can see it in their faces.




Our SWS Cheer:
"SWS, let me tell you what it means.  We're Serving With Smiles, we gather monthly.  We put together kits for those in need and give them to people we have not met because there are things they cannot get.  Serving With Smiles we're kids that rule.  One project at a time we are changing the world!  Go SWS!"