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 is a 100%volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. We have served nearly 22,000 children since April 2006.
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.
The Shyann Kindness Project
A 100% Volunteer Staffed and Managed 501(c)(3) Nonprofit