The PIT crew kit. (PIT = Philanthropist In Training)
Ever since our first participation in Michael Franti's "Power to the Peaceful" event a few years ago,
where our little "vehicle for change" color and cut out bank was such a
HUGE hit, I've been contemplating a craft project that can incorporate
some creative fun with the lesson of recycling AND philanthropy. That is what inspired the PIT (Philanthropy In Training) Crew kit.
With a little bit of imagination and creativity, you can get started with this DIY version:
1st GEAR : Planning :
Talk to your parents, teachers and
look on the internet to research a non-profit cause to which you would like to donate.
For example, if you would like to help rescue puppies and kittens, then choose a Humane Society or Rescue Organization.
If you want to help clean up the ocean, feed the hungry - there are many great non-profit organizations doing wonderful work, from in your own neighborhood to across the ocean to other countries.
2nd GEAR : Create your vehicle for change.
Do you have a coin bank?
There are many coin banks shaped like cars, trucks, planes, etc.
If you don't have a coin bank, you can make one!
Find a container in the recycling bin, wash and dry it and convert it into a coin bank.
Or - you may use our original pdf cutout which represents a Mercedes Sprinter diesel van.
All you need to do to get this pdf is send us an email and ask for it.
After you receive your PDF :
a. Print it at home and glue it to a piece of cardboard (cereal boxes work well. )
b. Color it/decorate it any way you want - cut it out, tape it together and slip it over a plastic cheese container or a sturdy cardboard box - be sure to cut out the sunroof, so it becomes a coin bank.
Use safety scissors or ask an adult to help you with this step.
3rd GEAR : Just fill it up and when it is full, ask a parent, guardian or teacher to help you count it and convert it into a donation. If your non-profit is local, visit them and deliver your donation in person. Take a photo and we'll send you an official DIY PIT crew card!
PIT crew concept ©Mari Tamburo