The PIT crew kit. (PIT = Philanthropy In Training)
Ever since our first "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 redesigning 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. We are developing a prototype (Patent pending) for a PIT crew kit to be sold in toy stores - in the meantime, 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
friends - 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. Or 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. Then, print it at home and glue it to a piece of cardboard (cereal boxes work well. )
Then 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, as your parents 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 picture and we'll send you an official DIY PIT crew card!
PIT crew concept ©Mari Tamburo - patent pending.