The Kindness Project provides free support to foster families across eastern Pennsylvania by offering essential items for the children and teens in their care. Kids are often placed into foster care with no personal items.
Through our boutiques, The Kindness Exchange, located in Emmaus, PA, and The Kindness Cottage, in Stroudsburg, PA, newborns to young adults are provided with stylish new or like new clothing, shoes, hygiene items, beds and other key items to help meet their most immediate needs.
OUR MISSION: To provide a brighter future for youth in foster care by offering free essential resources and enrichment opportunities.
Our vision is a community of support for foster families and kids and teens experiencing foster care. In addition to our current services for tangible goods, our Kindness Connections Program offers free tutoring, in-kind support for extra-curricular activities (music, swimming, horseback riding, and sports), as well as educational and social family events and support, which allow youth in foster care to have the same opportunities as their peers who are not in foster care.
THE KINDNESS PROJECT IS A FULLY DONATION-BASED, VOLUNTEER-DRIVEN, 501(C)3 NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION UNDER EIN 84-2299018.
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- April, Foster Mom
I wanted to thank you for the opportunity to come and get some things for our foster kids. We are incredibly grateful to have been able to pick out clothing for them, as we had nothing left in our home for them to wear. What an incredible blessing this was to our family, and is to so many other foster families. Thank you for the support you give to families like ours-it makes a huge difference and helps us feel like we're not completely alone as we do our best to love and serve these precious children. Thank you!
-Mindy, Foster Mom
When children show up on my doorstep, I have a hundred things running through my mind. The Kindness Project takes the thought of finding clothes and personal items off my list. I can focus on loving those children and making them feel comfortable, instead of running errands for clothes. TKP gives me the blessing of time and these children the security of a new wardrobe.
- Jacqueline, Foster Mom
There are so many things that foster parents need to think about when accepting a placement- in addition to meeting the needs of the children, clothes, shoes, winter wear, etc. for each child are essential items. The Kindness Project has helped us immensely after receiving placements calls; I consider Jenae and the team of volunteers to be an invaluable resource to the community. I'm so happy that an organization like this exists!
- Beatriz, Foster Mom
I love this place also, the people that work there are very friendly. I have two little foster kids that came to our home with only what they were wearing and they helped me get a lot of stuff for them. I am very pleased with them.
- Maryann, Lehigh CYS Employee
The Kindnesses Project is a lifesaver for the families who assist us at OCYS especially in those emergent placements. I have seen first hand families benefit from their kindness... it makes our job easier knowing there is a team of support for our families... and us! ❤️
- Keryn, Foster Mom
I have been fostering for over 10 years and I've never come across a group like this before. I can't believe the overwhelming amount of help they provide. I'm hoping more people take on a roll as a foster parent with the understanding that there are organizations like TKP that are willing to help with resources like clothing, diapers, furniture, toiletries etc. I wish they were around years ago. I can't thank Jenae and her volunteers enough!!
- Melanie, Foster Mom
We have came to the store having nothing for new placements and have left with all we need. They make you feel loved and the kids love to go there, knowing they may find something special. When the kids are placed, many have little to nothing. As a foster parent you get very minimal to supply them with clothes, so this place is a great help to us foster parents. My family and I personally thank you.
- Mindy Berky
The Kindness Project allows us to confidently take in new foster care placements knowing we have a strong community resource supporting us. As foster parents, we have taken in children of varying ages, genders, and ethnicities and The Kindness Project has been available to support them all. In our house, phone calls change lives. I always answer my phone knowing that sad and frightened children may show up on my doorstep in a few hours with little or no belongings. The Kindness Project is always there to provide necessities and give the children the normalcy of toys and clothes to call their own.