I first met Jen and Johnnie at a support group for local non-profits. Hoping for tips on fundraising and a larger network, I attended for a year. What I gained is a life-long friendship with 2 kind, generous ladies who view the world much the same way as I do.
The concept of Kindness Shared, Happiness Squared is genius. Jen and Johnnie search out small non-profits who will benefit from their efforts on a grass roots level. Project Linus is happy to be a recurring annual spring project with the number of blankets being made increasing every year.
The joy of their method is that most projects provide a hands-on component that is not check writing. So many people want to help in a quick, simple social way that Jen and Johnnie are actually providing a service to the community over and above the agencies that they are helping.
Another aspect of their work is their non-threatening posture. They are happy to organize, schedule and advertise (post) their upcoming plans and everyone is free to participate or not. There is never any pressure to do them all but to pick and choose what appeals to you either because of the cause or the activity. It is my hope that Kindness Shared continues its mission for many years and I plan to be an ever larger part of their goal of spreading Kindness, Happiness and Joy.
South Florida Project Linus
Hello Jen and Johnnie,
I can't believe it is already that time of year again! The holidays are quickly approaching. Let me tell you, the both of you are making 24 teenage boys extremely excited to celebrate the holiday with us here at HomeSafe. I cannot even begin to tell you how extremely blessed we are to have you both advocating for our boys and making sure they have an amazing holiday; even though they are unable to spend the holidays with their biological families. Thank you for being our Guardian Angels over the holiday season; your kindness is appreciated more than you know.
Licensed Clinical Director
Hi Jen and Johnnie,
Again, what can I say except thank you to the both of you and your organization. From now until next June, we will be seeing many, many children in crisis. I’m not sure if you’re aware that we cover all schools (elementary, middle, and high schools) from the Broward County Line up to Southern Blvd. and from A1A deep into Wellington. Not to mention the calls of children we see in private homes throughout the year. Please know these teddy bears, monkeys, and pups, make a difference in these children’s lives, therefore you all make a difference. We do explain to the families where these donated “pets” come from, and they are most grateful.
With love and gratitude,
Dear Jen and Johnnie,
I don’t even know how to begin this thank you note. I hope you both understand the tremendous impact that this will have on the children that SCMHC serves. Jen, you said it perfectly when you stated that some people will look at the table filled with stuffed animals and just see some stuffed animals, when in reality, it’s a table filled with hope, caring, and happiness. I wish you could both see the look I see when dealing with a child that is in crisis, and a cuddly, soft stuffed animal is placed in their care; the look on their face is priceless. So, even if it’s just for that particular moment in time, that “kid” can just be a “kid.”
Because of your efforts, and the efforts of everyone involved with Kindness Shared, the children are that much better off. Make no mistake, I will keep the both of you, and your organization, in my good thoughts until my thoughts are all that is left.
Sincerely, with respect and gratitude,
"When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully everyone is blessed."
~ Maya Angelou
I can do things you cannot,
you can do things I cannot; together we can do great things.