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Friends 4 Kindness

Advocating Inclusion and Acceptance Through Kindness

About Us

Kaitlin Coghlin

Kaitlin Coghlin

Kaitlin Coghlin has Williams Syndrome, a genetic disorder that presents differently in various individuals.  In January 2018, Kaitlin was feeling sad- she had discovered she wasn't going to have the typical grade 12 milestones as kids her own age.  Kaitlin thought she wasn't getting these milestones because she had no friends.  Her mom, Nicole Callander,  put a call out to her family and friends on social media asking them to send her birthday cards from January-July.  Her goal was 100 cards.  She figured that if Kaitlin received birthday cards then she would feel like she mattered when all the milestones were occurring. Her request went viral and Kaitlin received thousands of cards from around the world.  With her request reaching worldwide- Nicole also received hundreds of messages from other parents whose children don't get invited to birthdays or have kids come to theirs. Nicole wanted to return the kindness that Kaitlin had received and decided to host an Unbirthday Party for 200 kids who don't get invited to birthdays or have kids come to their birthday.  The first party was held in Brantford, Ontario, Canada on July 8th, 2018.  It was a huge success!  Friendships were made and laughs were heard all afternoon!  Nicole formed Friends 4 Kindness with the help of her friends.  The goal of Friends 4 Kindness is to reach as many kids as possible and let them know they matter.  We want to advocate for inclusiveness and acceptance.  We want to show the world that kids with disabilities have amazing abilities!  Finally, we want to build up the confidence and self worth in a child that is/has been bullied or perhaps to shy to make connections with friends!