Project Smile’s mission is to help comfort children involved in traumatic situations. We donate stuffed animals, coloring books/crayons and reading books to police and fire departments for individual officers, fire fighters and paramedics to give to children.
Our goal is to ensure that every emergency responder in New England has immediate access to comfort items for children involved in traumatic situations. Our long term goal is to become a national charity which ensures that all emergency responders, throughout our nation, have items to help comfort children. Many of the children who receive our items were:
- Witnesses of domestic violence or other crimes
- Victims of child abuse
- Victims of sexual assault
- Sick or injured
- Coping with the loss or serious injury of a loved one.
- Victims of house fires
Project Smile also partners with the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families and donates stuffed animals, books and coloring books/crayons for children entering foster care. There are over 7,000 children entering foster care annually in Massachusetts. Many of the children entering foster care have few, if any, personal possessions with them. Additionally, Project Smile partners with homeless shelters to provide stuffed animals, books and coloring books/crayons for children residing in Massachusetts shelters.