31 Acts of Kindness – #KidKindnessChallenge

December is often a busy month with celebrations and traditions and all that goes into making these special moments happen. During this time our kids are often asked what they want for gifts while we try to teach them how to give to others thoughtfully. So how do we bring the magic of giving while allowing all the fun around receiving their own gifts?

Last year, our family combined the idea of an Advent Calendar with a Kindness Calendar. Each night, we would talk about kind deeds then have a door opening, which the kids loved. It also brought balance to the giving and receiving over the holidays, which the parents loved. Dangling that carrot of a surprise gift behind a cardboard door proved to be a great motivator! (Thank you Little People for an enticing calendar. Hopefully, this year’s Paw Patrol calendar is as successful!)

Want to try it yourself? Check out our very own Kid Kindness 31 Acts of Kindness Calendar (see below, too). Download it, print it, save it to your phone, or share it. Either way, we hope you and your family are able to incorporate it this holiday season!

PS – Don’t forget to share your acts of kindness by tagging Kid Kindness and using #KidKindnessChallenge. 

Download 2018 Kid Kindness Calendar

Serving Kindness To Those That Serve Our Country

By Julie Slack

At Kid Kindness we strive to offer opportunities for kids to show gratitude. This Veterans Day Weekend children from across Massachusetts took time out of their day to say “thank you” to the men and women that serve our country.

Children created colorful cards with heartfelt messages and donations were collected for holiday care packages. Two veterans were also in attendance at the event to talk to children about serving in the military.

While young children may not understand the extent of what these men and women sacrifice, giving kids a chance to ask questions helped them gain an understanding and appreciation for all that these brave men and women do.

Our team at Kid Kindness was truly impressed with the kids that took time to salute our troops. With the help of the kind young members of our community and our friends at Helping Our Troops we hope to make the holidays a little brighter for members of the military serving overseas.

Thank you to all that serve … Kid Kindness appreciates you!

Helping Our Troops is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting Massachusetts hero’s serving overseas. For more information visit www.helpingourtroopsma.org.

 

      

Meeting Guide Dogs … A Fun And Furry Affair

by Julie Slack


Kindness comes in all shapes and sizes … from creating a holiday card for servicemen and women overseas to cleaning up a local park, there are many ways to teach children about compassion. At Kid Kindness we are dedicated to educating children about making a positive impact on local and global causes.

In support of our mission, this October Kid Kindness partnered with Guiding Eyes for the Blind to give children the opportunity to learn how dogs can help people with vision loss. Over thirty Kid Kindness participants met dogs-in-training and their puppy raisers at the Carroll Center for the Blind in Newton.

Kids and families enjoyed a presentation from Guiding Eyes raiser Robin Liberty and her dog-in-training, Ira. Robin shared information on the Guiding Eyes program, demonstrated some of the training and explained proper etiquette when coming across a working service dog.

After the presentation, the kids had a chance to meet the pups, visit the Puppy Kissing Booth, see the different types of dog harnesses and talk with the raisers one-on-one. The children also enjoyed making braided tug toys for these hard-working pups to enjoy at home!

The adorable pups and kind kids made for a wonderful event full of smiles! Check out some of the pictures from the event .

To learn more about Guiding Eyes for the Blind or to make a donation visit www.guidingeyes.org. If you wish to contribute directly to the local chapter that was present at the event, please specify “Eastern Mass puppy raisers” in the memo section.

Guiding Eyes for the Blind is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides guide dogs to people with vision loss. They are passionate about connecting exceptional dogs with individuals for greater independence. Since their founding in 1954, they have graduated over 7,000 guide dog teams.  

 

      

 

Kindness Is…

We talk a lot about showing our kids how to be kind, teaching our kids compassion, helping them be more aware of the world around them – but when was the last time we asked what kindness is to them?

While enjoying a family vacation or relaxing at home on a rare quiet day, ask your child what kindness is. Just ask, without a lot of build up, to see what they have to say. I think many of us will be pleasantly surprised at the responses (and maybe even get a good laugh)!

Kid Kindness would love to see what the littles’ interpretations are! Use the Kindness Is… Worksheet and let them define kindness in a way they feel moved to – drawing, writing (a single word or essay). Any format is acceptable!

*Email us copies or pictures of their work to info@kidkindness.com.

Happy Summer!

Kindness Is… Worksheet

 

*With your permission, we may share the submission online which may include your child’s picture, first name, age, and Kindness Is work. We will never share your child’s last name, address, or school.

Kid Kindness Launches New Website

Kid Kindness, an organization dedicated to teaching children about philanthropy, is proud to announce the launch of its new website at kidkindness.com. A major goal for the organization’s site includes educating the public about Kid Kindness events and programs, which strive to help those in need while empowering the next generation to make a difference in the world.

Kid Kindness was created in 2015 by Erin Cooper of Wakefield, Massachusetts to get children, especially those under the age of 10, involved in philanthropy through community service projects that are both educational and fun.

“I have always been a passionate advocate for volunteerism and philanthropy. After becoming a parent, I quickly realized that there were few opportunities to introduce small children to these kinds of activities. Kid Kindness seeks to fill this void, help create positive, impactful family experiences, and promote philanthropic exploration at home,” says Cooper.

Kid Kindness engages young children and their families in a variety of philanthropic and community activities like creating Get Well cards for children in hospitals, running food donation drives, and meeting local law enforcement. These efforts and events contribute to both local and global causes and organizations in need in a meaningful way, while educating event participants.

Since its inception, Kid Kindness has been met with success and growing interest. Its events, which are open to families with children of all ages, regularly fill to capacity; a catalyst in the organization’s decision to build a new website with added functionality and increased visibility. With its continued growth the organization is actively seeking tax exempt status.

Erin Cooper is an experienced financial officer with 20 years of experience in banking and wealth management. She also has an extensive background in working with non-profit organizations of varying sizes and needs. In addition to Cooper, Kid Kindness is supported and championed by Education Chair Johanna Korpita; Board Advisors Katie Wadland and Julie Kingsley; Program Director Emma Sharff; and Marketing and Web Consultant Jamie Haslett.

 

MEDIA CONTACT:

Erin Cooper, Founder of Kid Kindness

ErinC@kidkindness.com

http://kidkindness.com/