Timberline Middle School 3rd Annual MLK Day of Service



January 17, 2022


THANK YOU for your interest in volunteering on MLK Day, a day typically considered a day OFF by so many. This is the third MLK Day ON, Not a Day Off event at TMS and we are so pleased you’ve chosen to join us in what we now consider an annual tradition of service, compassion and love. This year continues to pose some challenges, but none we can’t overcome with some creative thinking. Following are the logistics we’ve put in place to ensure everyone stays safe.



Students and families will be asked to sign up for one project at the SignUp Genius link provided below. Details of each project follow.

Monday, January 17

10-11 am – Pick up project kit from in front of TMS. Volunteers will hand your kit to you through your window; there is no need to park and/or exit your car.

12 noon -  Kick-off event, on Zoom. Zoom link will be emailed and provided in the project kit.

12:20 -     Project break-out sessions. Meet others doing your same project, receive instructions from your team leader, ask questions, and have fun!

1:40 -      Concluding remarks, reflection, sharing and a Kahoot!

Completed projects will be returned to TMS on either Friday, Jan 21 or Monday, Jan 24 with the exception of sandwiches. PB&J sandwiches MUST BE RETURNED on MLK Day between 3-3:15 in front of TMS.


Following is a summary of this year’s projects. Please read carefully and then choose the project of your choice on the SignUp Genius link:



Fleece Hats

Students will complete the hats by attaching a pompom to the top.  There will also be an option to attach a felt flower to some hats.

Completed hats will be donated locally to children in need. No sewing expertise is needed; you’ll receive instructions and support in your Zoom group.

Materials needed: sewing scissors. All other materials will be provided.


Warm Packs

Students will pack a total of 50 packs (5 per student/family), being sure to include all items and a note of kindness in each. It is important that each bag contain exactly what is specified.

Notes should be kind and encouraging. They do not need to be long and should ­not include a student’s first and last name.

Completed packs will be donated to the Union Gospel Mission (https://www.ugm.org) for distribution within the greater Seattle area to those experiencing homelessness. You will receive instructions and can ask questions of your group leader during your Zoom meeting.

Materials needed: pencil/pen/markers or crayons. All other items will be provided.


Cat Toys

These easy to make cat toys and no-sew blankets will be donated to the Seattle Humane Society (https://www.seattlehumane.org). This is an easy way for cat/animal lovers to make the day of a furry friend. Each kit will include materials to make one blanket and 10-15 cat toys.

You will receive instructions and can ask questions during your Zoom meeting.

Materials needed: sewing or other sharp scissor. All other items will be provided.

Bonus project! If you have a few old t-shirts, have them with you and we’ll show you how to make a fun dog toy.


Stuffed Bears

 Dolls of Hope (https://www.dollsofhope.org) sends handmade dolls and bears to children experiencing trauma worldwide. Each toy delivers hope and comfort. This will be a sewing project, though you don’t need a sewing machine or sewing expertise. Your Zoom leader will help you through the project. You may be asked to sew closed a stuffed bear, stitch a face on a bear, or stuff bears….or maybe all three!

Materials needed: sewing or sharp scissors. All other materials will be provided.


Letters Against Isolation

 As the pandemic continues, many senior citizens may continue to feel isolated due to visitation restrictions and quarantine. We can ease their loneliness through letters and art. In this project, participants will create notes of kindness and window clings using provided materials. Completed letters will be sent to a center in Illinois and locally here in Redmond. https://www.lettersagainstisolation.com

Materials needed: pencils, crayons, pen, scissors. All other materials will be provided. *If you do not have art supplies at home and would like to do this project, we can help! Just let us know and we will include additional materials in your kit.


Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich Making

 The Seattle Union Gospel Mission (https://www.ugm.org) Search + Rescue team goes out 365 nights a year to check on those most vulnerable in our area. They provide food, essential items, and hope. Participants in this project will make a total of 400 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches that will be distributed to those in need the next day. Please do not sign up for this project if you have a nut allergy!

Materials needed: spoon and/or knife to spread peanut butter and jelly, a clean work space. All other materials will be provided.

NOTE: Sandwiches must be returned to TMS on MLK Day between 3-3:15 pm. Please only sign up for this project if you can bring the completed sandwiches to school during this time.


TMS Staff Kindness Notes

 The teachers and staff at Timberline work very hard each day and have gone well above and beyond these last two years. Let’s surprise them with a handwritten note of thanks. Each kit will include one postcard for you to color and message. All participants will be asked to complete one note.