Kindness Gift-Giving Program
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KINDNESS GIFT-GIVING PROGRAM
Kindness Gift-Giving Events take place twice per month and begin with the children being read a story about kindness, acceptance of others, and bullying. The story is followed by an interactive discussion that focuses on those issues. 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.
Following the interactive discussion, TSKP "passes kindness on" to the children by providing them with gift packages of toys or age appropriate items, each with a kindness card attached asking them to perform an act of kindness and pass along the card. The children also receive books, stuffed animals, dental packages, snacks, and backpacks and school supplies when needed.
KINDNESS WEEK & BACKPACK NIGHT
Each year before the start of school, TSKP partners with the Valencia Library and the Sunnyside Neighborhood Association for Kindness Week and Backpack Night. Activities and stories focusing on kindness take place each day, culminating in the distribution of backpacks and school supplies to the children in the low-income Sunnyside Neighborhood at the end of the week. Children attending Backpack Night also receive books and dental items at this fun night that includes face painting and balloon art.
A different school is chosen each year with school staff asked to identify 200 of their neediest children who will not be receiving other services for the holiday season. The children and their parents or caregivers are invited to a fun Christmas party that includes food, entertainment, craft tables, pictures with Santa, face painting, and balloon art.
Children receive gift packages, books, stuffed animals, and dental items. Families choose from a large selection of clothing and household items and receive a bag of food to take home.
Click here for an inside look at a video put together by Los Niños Elementary School from our Christmas party there in 2011.