Mission: 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. Many of the children who receive our items were:
• Involved in car accidents
• 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. Many of the children entering foster care have few, if any, personal possessions with them. There are 8,000 children entering foster care annually in Massachusetts. Additionally, Project Smile partners with homeless shelters to provide stuffed animals, books and coloring books/crayons for children residing in Massachusetts shelters. There are over 4,000 children living in homeless shelters, 2,400 of whom are under the age of six.
Target demographics: Children
Geographic areas served: New England
Programs: The 2014 fundraisers were the sale of calenders to make people aware of the organization and develop contacts with police & fire depts in the new england area. We also had many fundraising events, our 10th anniversary celebration and our 7th annual date auction. The organization also had a spring and fall fashion show as fundraisers.
PROJECT SMILE is a nonprofit that serves the many towns and communities in the Massachusetts region at the grassroots level by providing a variety of services to bring a smile to a child who has been affected by a traumatic event. These efforts include supplying 120+ police/fire/EMS departments with stuffed animals in their cruisers to provide to children who have been involved in traumatic events. Games and coloring books to homeless shelters, and even providing similar services to elder centers.