Spark a Smile Blog

Welcome to the Spark a Smile blog! Check here for projects we’ve created, inspirational ideas, and stories about our mission to spark smiles in our community!

August’s Spark a Smile

We had a little smaller turnout than usual in August, but we really churned out smile-sparking cards! We focused a bit on quantity vs. quality, creating cards to accompany hot lunches provided by our local Seeds of Hope. They serve about 30 hot lunches per day!! Wow! So, Miss Marlene …

MORE New Smile Sparkers!

July was by far our biggest turnout! Our newcomers included two teenage boys, a teenage girl, a baby girl, and a very excited Donna O.!   Check out this one, by Stephanie – she used pieces of several different recycled greeting cards to make something new! I used Marlene’s scrap …

New Smile Sparkers!

June’s Wednesday-night turnout was great! Two brand-new faces joined our Smile Sparking crew… welcome to Vivian K and Terri!! Here are a few of the latest donations, plus close-ups of some of my favorites (forgive the blurry photos, will have to experiment with that technique a bit…). The crew, intense …

June Spark a Smile

Well, Arizona, summer has finally settled in! Come beat the heat with our first Spark a Smile party of the summer! This Wednesday, June 9th, from 5-7. Hanging out at Spark a Smile is a lot like hanging out at the beach… calm yet energizing, but with air conditioning!! And, …

Spark a Smile Still Sparkles!

Sorry for the lack of posting these last few months! If you haven’t heard, Drs. Gene and Phil were in a train accident on February 12th, 2010. My dad did not survive the crash, but my husband had non-life-threatening injuries and is on his way to a full recovery. We …

Casa Verde Valentine’s Day Donations and next Party!

BIG BIG thank-you to Ms. Jeanine Nalepa and Casa Verde high school for inviting Spark a Smile to their campus! During their lunch hour, the Casa Verde students made 90 Valentine’s cards. Their enthusiasm is definitely contagious! Ms. Nalepa did an incredible job of organizing everything. Here are a few …

A Bountiful Donation

A few hours.  10 Participants.90 Cards. Here are some close-ups of these beauties: Where’d they come from? These amazing cards were created by teenagers from the Pinal County Juvenile Detention Center. What a simple way for these kids to give back to the community, in a fun, safe environment. I …

Spark a Smile Souvenirs

Aren’t these sweet? Miss Marlene created these Spark a Smile souvenirs, especially for Smile Sparkers! Come to our next party to get your own, or to learn how to make them! I’ve seen these cute things at Target…  They’re magnets! And Spark a Smile chocolate inside… chocolate’s always sure to …

Card-Crafting Party!

Our next card-crafting party will be Thursday, February 11, 2010, from 5-7 PM! That time slot seemed to be our biggest turnout! Here are some designs from our last party – we made 33 total! I love how Miss Marlene filled all the circles with smiley faces! My friend Amanda …

Fresh Calendar? Save the date!

If you’re like me, you were highly anticipating the Happy New Year… not only because of the fresh start, the resolutions to be better and do better… but mostly because of that fresh blank calendar, waiting to be filled with activities and memories!! Don’t forget to add Spark a Smile …