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 to someone else. 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 serve and put smiles on the faces of underprivileged, at-risk, and medically fragile children by providing fun and needed gifts while promoting and teaching kindness and acceptance of all people.
The Shyann Kindness Project (TSKP) is a 100% volunteer organization that has served more than 23,000 underprivileged, at-risk, and/or medically fragile children since 2006. Our Kindness Gift-Giving Events are both a teaching and gifting program that takes place throughout the year at venues including low-income schools, shelters, group homes, Head Start programs, homeless meal programs, and TMC's Pediatric Emergency Center.
Annual events include "Backpack Night" for children in the Sunnyside Neighborhood and a Christmas party for 200 children plus their parents or caregivers that takes place at a different school each year.
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.
Kindness Gift Giving Program Each Kindness Gift Giving Program begins with age appropriate teaching tools that focus on kindness, acceptance of others, and anti-bullying, and is followed by an interactive discussion on those topics. After the discussion, TSKP "passes kindness on" to the children by giving them age appropriate gift packages, school supplies, books, a toothbrush, and snacks. Each gift package includes a "kindness card" that asks the recipient to do an act of kindness for someone else and pass along the card.
Preschool Program Four puppet shows are performed that focus on being kind, playing with others who are different, and sharing. Children engage in brief discussion after each puppet show on topic covered by the show.
Elementary School Program The story "Gorp's Dream" is read to the students with the pictures shown on a screen and a stuffed "Gorp" used as a prop. The story is followed by an interactive discussion with the children of the subjects covered in the story that include bullying, acceptance of others who are different, and being kind to everyone.
Middle School Program This new program is a six-eight week "mentoring" program that focuses on issues middle school students are dealing with. Students who have anger or bullying issues are chosen to attend the program and break-out into small groups with a TSKP volunteer to discuss those issues with the help of appropriate teaching tools.
Teen Program Volunteers share personal life stories of being bullied and other issues they dealt with when growing up. Interactive discussion focuses on dealing with difficult issues and how the choices made determine the direction of an individuals life.
Teenage Parent Program Presentation includes encouraging testimonial as well as resources from a former Teenage Parent Program student.
Annual Christmas Party
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.
The Shyann Kindness Project
A 100% Volunteer Staffed and Managed 501(c)(3) Nonprofit