The challenge was to put smiles on the faces of as many underprivileged and medically fragile children as possible!
Since Shyann would have been celebrating her "Sweet 16" birthday on April 23, we asked if 500 people would take the challenge with a $16 donation. If you made a donation for the challenge during the month of April, THANK YOU!! We made it just past the halfway mark, and the funds raised will help us purchase discounted toys, books, school supplies, and backpacks for the children we serve.
What’s the power of $16? Thanks to discounts The Shyann Kindness Project receives:
$16 = $64 Worth of Toys
$16 = 35 New Books
If you'd like to help us get closer to our goal, donations for the challenge can still be made thru PayPal by clicking on the button below:
Donations can also be mailed to:
The Shyann Kindness Project
9121 E. Tanque Verde #105-320
Tucson, AZ 85749
Thank you so much for helping us give children in need of a smile, a reason to smile!
The children served byThe Shyann Kindness Project have been very excited to receive the nearly 35,000 books we've given out to date. For many of the children, the books they receive from us are the first ones they personally own.
In order to be able to continue allowing the children to take as many books as they would like, we need your help!
New or "gently used" children's books can be dropped off at the UPS Store located at 9121 E. Tanque Verde Road. To make other arrangements, please call 520-749-4021.
Thank you for your support!
WHY THE SHYANN KINDNESS PROJECT?
On January 4, 2005, Sandy and Glenn Rosati lost their most precious gift from God, their beautiful daughter Shyann. Although she was only 7 years old, Shyann touched many hearts in her short life. At Shyann's Celebration of Life Service, cards were handed out with Shyann's picture, asking that a random act of kindness be performed in her honor, with the recipient being given the card and asked to pass on a kindness and the card. Since Shyann's death, many people have been inspired to perform acts of kindness in her memory.
The mission of The Shyann Kindness Project is to pass on kindness by educating, supporting and encouraging children in stressful economic, social and medical situations.
The Shyann Kindness Project is a 100%volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that has served 13,403 children since April 2006 (as of 4/15/13).
HOW IT ALL BEGAN:
In December 2005, a friend of the Rosati family performed an act of kindness in Shyann's honor by wrapping up packages of coloring books, crayons, stickers and books, each with a kindness card attached to it. She brought them to the children's emergency room at a local hospital, where they were distributed to the children who came in on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Shyann's parents, Sandy and Glenn Rosati, founded The Shyann Kindness Project in April 2006, to carry on this wonderful way of spreading kindness.
WHAT WE DO:
Kindness Gift-Giving Program
Kindness gift packages containing a variety of toys, craft items, stuffed animals, etc., are assembled with a kindness card attached to each. They are distributed at Kindness Gift Giving Events, along with books, backpacks, school supplies, dental items, snacks and other miscellaneous items that are appropriate for each venue. In addition, "free raffle" items are offered for the children to take a chance on winning.
Kindness Gift Giving Events typically take place twice a month at venues such as schools with very high percentages of free and reduced lunch, shelters for women and children, hospital emergency rooms and low-income clinics, homeless feeding programs, group homes, and clinics for children with special needs, as well as additional venues where children are living in some type of stressful situation.
Kindness Gift Giving Events begin with the children being read a story about kindness and acceptance of others, followed by an interactive discussion that focuses on those issues as well as bullying. The children are asked to share their ideas of how they can be kind in different situations, including what to do if someone is being bullied.
If you would like to request a Kindness Gift Giving Event for your school or program, please click on the link below and e-mail the completed form to Shyannsmom@Shyannkindness.org, or mail to The Shyann Kindness Project, 9121 E. Tanque Verde #105-320, Tucson, AZ, 85749. For more information about the program, please call 520-749-4021.
The Shyann Kindness Project Christmas Party takes place at a different low-income school each year. School staff is asked to identify 200 of their neediest children who will not be receiving any other services for the holidays, such as Adopt-A-Family or Salvation Army.
The children and their parents or caregivers are invited to a fun Christmas party where they receive gifts, books, school supplies, and other items. Clothing, household goods, Christmas decorations, and food items are also available for the families to choose from.
Want an inside look at one of our Christmas parties? Watch a video from the 2011 Christmas Party at Los Ninos Elementary by clicking here.
A Special Thank You From Walter Douglas Elementary School
A special presentation took place at the Flowing Wells School District Governing Board on February 12, 2013, to thank The Shyann Kindness Project for the Christmas Party that took place at Walter Douglas Elementary School on December 22, 2012. The presentation included slides from the party showing pictures of the happy families as well as what they had received. We were presented with a framed picture that included a picture of a child representing each family that had attended the party, with the bodies drawn by each of the children.
Shyann's Helping Hands
This program is designed for youth groups to promote self-esteem and confidence, as well as a sense of the importance of volunteering and community responsibility.
Under the guidance of TKSP volunteers, small groups of young people take the kindness gift-giving program from "start to finish" by organizing a new toy and book drive, assembling the kindness gift packages, and distributing them at a prearranged event.
KINDNESS CARDS & NEWSLETTERS
Kindness cards are two sided, with English on one side and Spanish on the other. If you would like to spread kindness where you live by using a Shyann Kindness Card, we would be happy to send you some. Please email Shyannsmom@Shyannkindness.org and let us know how many of these free cards you would like, or if you would like to be added to our newsletter email list.
Thank you for helping us spread kindness where you live!
THE SUNNYSIDE SCHOOL DISTRICT
The Shyann Kindness Project was recognized by the Sunnyside Unified School District Governing Board on December 11, 2012, for the kindness and donations to their students and schools.
This recognition is for all our volunteers and supporters who help The Shyann Kindness Project promote kindness and make a difference in the lives of so many students in Tucson school districts!
DO IT RIGHT AWARD
The Shyann Kindness Project was honored with KVOI Radio's "Do It Right Award" on April 22, 2007. If you would like to listen to the five minute audio spot, click on the sound button below.
2007 TEDDY AWARD
On November 2, The Shyann Kindness Project was honored to receive a 2007 Teddy Award from Parent Aid, an organization whose mission is to strengthen families and prevent child abuse. To read more about this wonderful organization and what they do, visit their website at www.parentaid.org
Thanks to all our volunteers and supporters who help The Shyann Kindness Project make an impact in the lives of children!
2007 Teddy Award
SANDY & GLENN'S MUTUAL OF OMAHA'S "AHA MOMENT"
Sandy and Glenn were contacted by Mutual of Omaha, asking them to share their "aha moment." You can view this short video at www.ahamoment.com/moments/119.