K.A.T.E. Benches

Acts of kindness really do make a difference! Because of the kindnesses from so many generous people, kindness4kate.org has been able to donate the following benches. Each donated bench was funded differently, and each has a unique story. Some were donated by a single donor, others were made possible by combining individual gifts. Some benches were given to honor someone at a selected school, and some because our family or someone else had a connection with a school. No matter the reasons, all have been possible because of a multitude of kindnesses. Every donation, no matter how large or how small, has had and will have its part in seeing benches placed across the country to promote kindness. Kindness4kate.org extends our sincere thanks to all who have donated to make the benches a reality, because kindness matters, and kindness really does make a difference.




Bench One:

Our first K.A.T.E. bench has been delivered!!! It has gone to Fayetteville Academy in Fayetteville, N.C., and this bench has a very special story behind it. About 6 months into my journey, a kind friend gifted me with a beautiful coaster - {much reminiscent of the tiles I used to paint with quotes on them.} On the back was the story behind these “Care Coasters”. {carescoasters.com} Laura Reeves had lost her twin sister, Caroline, to cancer, and as a way to heal her pain, she began painting these coasters and selling them - the money going to cancer and other meaningful places, etc. I was so intrigued by what she was doing that I decided to reach out to her, and right away we became friends. She was so open and vulnerable and wise in expressing her journey toward hope and healing - and became a huge impetus in encouraging me to create my own non profit. She is an art teacher at Fayetteville Academy and has actually just started her own after-school kindness club - with no knowledge of my project!!! She has been doing a project each week with these young children and teaching them the importance of kindness - she has also been sharing with me all of her wonderful ideas which I, in turn, have been sharing with schools in hopes that they, too, will begin simple acts of promoting kindness. So I am sooooo excited that this 1st bench has been placed in a school where kindness is such a priority.

I want to thank each and every one of you who have either donated to this cause, or have been huge encouragers. What a blessing! And how meaningful it has been to see this spread of kindness!!! So again, a huge THANK YOU to each of you for making all of this possible!


Bench Two:

Our 2nd K.A.T.E. bench has been delivered to the third/fourth grade playground at Collegiate School in Richmond, Va. It is a result of many combined kindnesses from K4K. Kate attended Collegiate from K-12, as did her first cousin, Perrin Thompson Hall. We decided to dedicate bench #2 in Perrin’s memory. She passed away 5 months before Kate, at the age of 26, and fought one of the most courageous battles against cancer that I have ever witnessed. She was kindness personified, so we can think of no greater person to honor for bench #3. Thanks to each of you! xoxoxoxo, eliz







Bench Three:

Our 3rd K.A.T.E. bench has been delivered to Northstar Academy in Richmond Va. This bench was given by several generous members of the Northstar Academy Board of Directors. Northstar Academy is a unique and highly successful non-profit school serving children in grades K-12. They promote educational excellence and career opportunities for students with academic, physical and social challenges. Each month the school emphasizes a particular virtue and the month that this bench was delivered was “compassion” month. I can think of no greater trait to encourage. Neither Bill, Thurston, nor I could have ever gotten to this point without the kindness that comes from the compassion of so many. Our deepest thanks to each of you for walking with us on this journey toward hope. xoxoxoxo eliz







Bench Four:

Our 4th K.A.T.E. bench has been delivered to St. Christopher’s School in Richmond, Va. and will be dedicated during their kindness month in February. This bench was given by a generous parent St. Chris. alum to honor his 3 sons who graduated from the school where they learned the value of kindness. We are sooooo very excited to have this bench placed on the lower school grounds where Kate spent time with her students when she was a JK aide in 2017. There were many wonderful stories to come out of her class, but one of my most cherished memories from that time was a note written by one of those students. When Mrs. Hunter, their teacher, asked them to write something about Kate after she passed away, this young man wrote, “Miss Childrey is so lucky. She gets to spend the rest of her life in Heaven!” Truth is so often spoken from the mouths of children. Thank you! 











Bench Five:

Our 5th K.A.T.E. bench has been delivered to Westminster Academy at 3rd Presbyterian Church, in Richmond, Va., and it is a result of many combined kindnesses from k4k. Westminster is a school that began because several homeschooling parents wanted to have a place of common support and tutoring for higher level classes. Over the years it has grown to include grades 3-12, and because of its Christian emphasis, kindness is very much a part of the school. While attending my Collegiate 50th reunion, I reconnected with the wife a dear friend {a former Atlanta football player who passed away several years ago} and learned she was still the headmistress of Westminster. I can think of no greater place for bench #5 to be donated. Thanks again to each of you who have made this possible. xoxoxo eliz







Bench Six:

Our 6th K.A.T.E. bench has been donated to Binford Middle School in Richmond, Va. It is the result of combining a big kindness and several smaller ones. A friend of mine and her colleagues, who work for Long and Foster, were partnered with Binford Middle School several years ago to see if they could help make a difference at this inner city school. It had been experiencing very low attendance and the poorly stocked library was an immediate need/problem. They solicited books from clients and that enabled the library to grow by leaps and bounds. As time went on, they also did fundraisers and gathered printers, copiers, labtops, - and even coats and shoes! Needless to say, their kindnesses have made a huge difference in this school that has since seen a major turn around. So what a great place to put bench #6 to further encourage kindness! A huge thanks to each of you. xoxoxoxo eliz