A Boston teen is making and handing out “kindness kits” to comfort and entertain kids in hospitals and shelters. We told you earlier this year about Connor Wright, a then 12-year-old Boston kid who started passing out goodie bags to kids in isolation during the pandemic. He eventually formed a nonprofit, Connor’s Kindness Project and set a goal to hand out one-thousand of his kindness kits by the end of the year.
Well, we’re happy to report that the now 13-teen-year has blown way past his original goal and has delivered over 18-hundred kits to more than 20 locations across the region and the year’s not even over yet. Of course, he didn’t do it alone, he’s been working with his grandmother, Sharon Marrama, all along and has tapped into a small army of volunteers through local schools and civic organizations.
Connor has also gotten some help with funding through grants he’s been awarded, including the Forest Foundation grant for new and emerging nonprofits in the greater Boston area. But even without the support, Connor would still be at it because of his love for the project and how much he enjoys seeing the impact his kindness packages have. "We've had the opportunity to go into some of the places and see the kids open the kits,” he says. “And see how happy they are to receive it."