Welcome to the first Be Kind Project Annual Newsletter! We hope 2020 has gone easy on you up to this point and hope this message finds you healthy and happy. This has sure made for an interesting year to launch Be Kind Project to the world. While much of the world came to a halt this year, we heard from many of you that the need to model and promote kindness in our communities is even more evident. Though the lockdowns and efforts to slow the spread of coronavirus made it difficult to organize much in terms of hands-on outreach efforts or fundraising events, we have been able to participate in some fun and meaningful events to spread KINDNESS.
$1.25M Be Kind Project: Banner MD Anderson Breast Cancer Patient Assistance Fund:
Be Kind Project is working in partnership with Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center on the creation of a breast cancer patient assistance fund. The fund will assist qualifying MD Anderson Cancer Center patients diagnosed with breast cancer, their families, and their children in need of treatments and supportive care expenses not covered by insurance.
We are excited to announce a virtual “Big Check” ceremony of $250,000 is scheduled to take place between Be Kind Project and Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center on January 13th 2021. We look forward to sharing more information about this virtual check ceremony, and the first donation deposit by Be Kind Project into the patient assistance fund, shortly after the new year!
Arizona Small Dog Rescue is a 501(c)3 no-kill shelter in Phoenix, AZ. They are dedicated to rescuing homeless, neglected, and abused small dogs. They save most of their animals from kill shelters around the valley, but also accept owner surrenders and stray surrenders.
Be Kind Project partnered with Axis Portable Air in Chandler, AZ to provided portable air conditioning to the shelter facility. We were notified that portions of the shelter housing the homeless dogs wasn’t cooling enough in the extreme Arizona summer heat. Portable air conditioning was brought in, free of charge, for the comfort and safety of the animals on site.
Friends for Life Animal Rescue is a privately supported, limited in-take no-kill, rescue organization located in Gilbert, Arizona. Their mission is to significantly impact animal overpopulation through aggressive programs focusing on rescue, spay and neuter, adoptions, and education.
Be Kind Project toured Friends for Life Animal Rescue’s new facility and learned of the shelters need for additional organizational equipment. We were pleased to be able to donate the needed equipment.
Every night 1.3M homeless youth are sleeping on our streets. Homeless youth are at a higher risk for physical abuse, sexual exploitation, mental health disabilities, substance abuse and death. There is only ONE bed available for every 125 young people living without a home.
Be Kind Project took an afternoon to purchase lunch supplies and assemble 100 sack lunches for distribution to homeless youth in our community. Not only did it feel good to know that our efforts would make a big difference, but we learned more about the homeless youth in our community. We learned how homelessness is not always so recognizable.
Non-medical, brand neutral public service program that teaches beauty techniques to people with cancer to help them manage the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment.
Be Kind Project was introduced to this fantastic organization by a friend. We were inspired by the hands-on work this organization is doing to make individuals with cancer look (and feel) more like themselves while undergoing treatment. The organization conducts in-person (and now virtual) workshops to assist cancer patients while they navigate skincare, make-up, body image, wigs and head coverings. They also have archived videos available on the site to browse through. Be Kind Project was proud to donate $1,000 to their annual gala event to support their on-going efforts.
Brothers and Keepers Corporation Christmas Giving:
A foster care home agency for children ages 5 to 20 years old. Brothers and Keepers manages 4 group homes currently totaling 40 kids. Many of the children they care for come from broken homes, drug and sexual abuse or orphanage.
Be Kind Project was able to make the holidays a little brighter for the children at Brothers and Keepers. We jumped in to purchase the remaining Christmas gifts the children had on their wish lists and delivered the gifts (plus a few extras) to the organization in time for Christmas! In addition, we sponsored a “day of FUN” for all 40 children at Fat Cats in Mesa.
games, bowling, glow golf and pizza/popcorn. We hope we were able to make this a Christmas to remember for these children and young adults.
We asked, YOU delivered! As a result, we achieved our goal during the RoundUp App new donor’s contest. By signing up 50 new donors to the RoundUp App in the month of September, Be Kind Project received a $1000 grant! So, thank you to all who have signed up to commit monthly giving to Be Kind Project through the RoundUp App. Because of you, we can continue our mission to relentlessly deliver life-changing acts of kindness to those in need.
Be Kind Project set-up charity gift wrapping at San Tan Mall just before Christmas! With the help of several volunteers, we were able to raise a little over $1,200 in two days! We are grateful for the help from the community and look forward to doing this again in 2021!
Thank you for your support and we are looking forward to 2021!