The Smith Design team was fueled by the summer sun and committed to seven acts of kindness during the month of June. When families leave town for vacation during the summer months, it can mean fewer volunteers and less support for local organizations — so we were especially happy to be of service.
Throughout the month at the Smith Design office, we held three clothing drives in which we requested specific types of clothing based on the needs of local charities. We were happy to be able to donate children’s clothing and women’s casual clothing to Oasis (in Paterson, NJ), professional women’s clothing to Dress for Success, and men’s clothing to the Purple Heart Foundation.
Last summer, the American Red Cross announced the #MissingType initiative to encourage donors to give blood. Over the last couple of years, the number of blood donors has significantly fallen, so a few members of the Smith Design team were inspired to donate. Others that were unable to donate helped shuttle them to and from the location to ensure their safety!
The Memory Project is a non-profit that partners with artists (teachers and students alike) to help cultivate kindness by creating portraits for children around the world who have faced substantial challenges, such as violence, war, extreme poverty, neglect, and loss of parents. The work this organization is doing is powerful — our team member and her son were honored to be a part of it.
Home is truly where the heart is, and we’re thankful to call Morristown, NJ our (office) home! Six members of our team volunteered at the Community Soup Kitchen and Outreach Center, located at a church just a mile down the road, helping to serve nutritious meals to anyone seeking nourishment.
For our last act of June, we were happy to donate some treats to The Arc, the largest national community-based organization advocating for and serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. We dropped off boxes of Hershey’s Chocolate Snack Mixes to the chapter in Morris Plains, NJ for program participants to enjoy during their break time.