"Kits With Kindness was formed in April 2020, I was looking to make a difference in the Inland Empire community."
The idea originally was to purchase 50 bottles of sunscreen and distribute to members of the Inland Empire homeless community, as I knew that summer would bring temperatures upwards of 100 degrees. When I went to purchase the sunscreen bottles, I could not help but start to see items that I knew would be of use to homeless members as well. Before I knew it, I had purchased enough food and hygiene products to create 50 kits for the month of April. In addition to the purchased goods, I wanted to inspire hope to the recipients of the kits, so I wrote 50 handwritten notes to be included.
About 10 days after I delivered all 50 kits throughout Riverside, while driving on the side of the 91 freeway, I noticed a man digging through his kit and eating food from the Ziplock bag I had previously delivered. This man, 10 days after receiving the kit, was still using the kit as his lifeline for his daily activities. This is the moment when a gesture and idea turned in to an initiative to invoke change.
I knew that if I bonded together like-minded, kind-hearted individuals who wanted to do good in our community, the impact could be immense. That is when I started recruiting members through various Facebook channels and by spreading the word throughout the community. After the initial 50 kits were delivered, every month since April 2020, a minimum of 150 kits have been delivered throughout the Inland Empire to homeless members.
In June 2020 the idea to add feminine products to our kits was suggested by one of our members, which prompted KWK to create “female only” bags. In addition to what is typically included in the kits, the female-only bags consist of tampons or liners, nail filings and Chapstick.
In August 2020 the idea to create “Pet Kits With Kindness” was brought forth by our members. Since August, we have delivered nearly 100 pet kits filled with food, accessories and toys to our furry friends throughout the Inland Empire as well.
In total, over 1000 Kits With Kindness have been delivered to date. Kits With Kindness continues to run as a grassroots operation, utilizing the generosity and kindness of over 380 members to assemble, pack, and deliver kits throughout Southern California. We operate by the idea that “Kindness costs nothing, but can be worth so much”.
On behalf of the entire KWK team, we are so grateful for your interest in helping our brothers and sisters in need. You have made the conscious decision to be kind, and we look forward to making a difference together.
How It works
Through the generosity of each of Kits With Kindness members, both monetary and supply donations are sent to the KWK Leadership Team by the 10th of each month.
Monetary donations are used to purchase remaining items that have not been donated, but are needed to provide basic necessities for our recipients each month.
Supplies are then compiled and packed by members of Kits with Kindness on the designated date assigned by KWK leadership that month (typically around the 15th of each month)
Packed kits are then assigned to KWK deliverers who transport kits to those in need. Deliverers converse with recipients and present them with their kits.
Recommended Items include, but are not limited to:
- Reusable Masks
- Disposable Masks
- Water Bottles
- Hand Sanitizer
- Granola/Chewy Bars
- Ziplock bags
- Feminine Products
- Kleenex Packets
- Fruit Snacks
- Handwritten Cards – (Must be handwritten with encouraging and uplifting words)
- Fruit Cups
- Fresh Fruit (purchased right before packing date)
- Cleansing Wipes
- Nail clippers
- Shoe laces
- Bug repellant