LETTERS OF SUPPORT DELIVERED
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We delivered 836 letters to Bailey on 6/24/18 and a record-breaking number of gifts to support her art!
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Bailey's parents created this awesome video for us to share in the surprise moment of delivery! They had Bailey sit in the "Seat of Honor," a new family tradition where one member of the family is selected to sit in the chair as others say something positive and of value about them. They included some of those individuals inside of the video. A personal video from the Be-A-Friend Project served as a transition while they surprised her with the FRIEND MAIL package. They included a special thank you from Bailey at the end of this 3-minute video!
10-year-old Washington DC artist
"just wanted the bullies to stop"
Bailey's dad says his daughter is "real quiet" and a "fun loving girl surrounded by friends"... but not even one of those friends stood up for her through an entire school year of physical and verbal bullying by some boys in her fourth grade class. Bailey reached out to tell her teachers several times over the year, but nothing changed and the bullying continued. "There's no one to support me in standing up to the bullies," Bailey felt.
WELL, AMBASSADORS, NOW THERE IS... YOU!
Beautiful Bailey is petite, just like her mom, and most of the verbal bullying is related to being small as compared to her classmates. The boys called her "SHORTY" and other names. They PUSHED HER AROUND, STOLE and PURPOSELY BROKE HER MOST BELOVED THINGS. They stole her jacket and threw it in the hallway. They took and BROKE HER ART SUPPLIES.
BAILEY'S PASSION IS ART!! She also loves roller skating, crafts, building with LEGOs (she gets a new set every year) and is "all about bright colors." She hopes to be a professional artist (and a vet) when she grows up! SHE DRAWS A LOT and her pictures are everywhere in their home.
So in April, when the BULLIES TOOK HER FAVORITE DRAWING
PENCIL and purposely snapped it, and there was no one to help her, Bailey snapped, too. She just couldn't take it anymore. She went to the Girl's Room and struggled with hopeless thoughts of
what she might do to make the bullies finally stop
and leave her alone.
Because being bullied made Bailey feel too sad
and like giving up, Bailey's parents took her out
of that school and, after trying homeschooling, they enrolled her in a new school that she will start this week. "She's scared," says her dad, coming in so late in the year and being the new kid without her friends or knowing anyone at all.
WE HOPE TO SHOW BAILEY THAT SHE HAS FRIENDS READY TO STAND UP FOR HER! It is going to take a lot of kindness and support to overcome a year of cruelty!
ADULTS and TEENS
PLEASE CLICK for "MATURE" DETAILS
about Bailey's Story
Bailey's beautiful conceptualized THANK YOU to
Be-A-Friend Ambassadors for her letters of support!
Three months after delivering Bailey's Friend Mail, Co-Founders Jennifer and January got the chance to meet her IN PERSON thanks to Producer/Director MARIAH SNOW who invited Bailey to see her Virgnia premiere of "It's Easy! The Friend Strong Musical"! Mariah invited Bailey on stage where she received flowers from cast member, Peter Wettergreen! Bailey also visited the Be-A-Friend Project table in Mariah's lobby and wrote a note to "AYDEN"!
PLEASE Mail Letters for Bailey to...
See The Wish/Be-A-Friend Project
246 Main Street
Cold Spring, NY 10516
DUE DATE FOR BAILEY'S LETTERS IS JUNE 8th!
WE KNOW SOME SCHOOLS LET OUT FOR SUMMER BREAK IN MAY! THAT'S OKAY!
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Or, you can skip the postage and email your letter or drawing
We'll print it out and include it in her "Friend Mail" package!
The Be-A-Friend Project does not give advice, therapy or intervention.
Our one purpose is to send letters and cards of encouragement and caring from kids to kids.
449 LANE GATE ROAD, COLD SPRING, NY 10516
Co-President Jennifer Cell: 845-742-7112
The organization’s formal legal name is BE A FRIEND PROJECT, INC.
It is a not-for-profit 501c3 organization / Federal Tax ID # 84-2802576.
Any donation to the Be A Friend Project, Inc. is tax-deductible to the maximum extent allowed by law, thank you!