Providing Children with Meaningful Opportunities to Pay It Forward

Shannon Valko is the Chief Operating Officer the The Kindness Connection, currently headquartered in Northbrook Court. Shannon spoke at the club's March 10 meeting about how The Kindness Connection was founded by local parents eager to provide children with a chance to learn empathy, compassion, and social responsibility through the act of creating gifts for others in need. The Kindness Connection partners with organizations such as hospitals, senior centers, veterans groups, and other community organizations to find areas of need to be addressed and then assembles all-in-one kits for children, primarily in grades one to six, to use to create practical gifts for those organizations. Although their primary audience is groups such as school classes or scout troops, The Kindness Connection also makes their materials available for individual purchase. See their web page,, for more information.