editor’s note: This post was originally published in July of 2014 but has been updated to include recent events.
The first few weeks of grief after losing a child are a mixture of rage, sadness, helplessness and fear: An unstable concoction that can react and explode at any given moment. As someone who can now count himself among the unfortunate fraternity of those who lost a child I am sometimes asked by people to reach out to others who have recently suffered the same loss. The almost universal inquiry that follows is if I can say something , anything, that will help them or guide them along their path. Sadly, it is in those early days that words will have little or no effect. I cannot describe the hysteria that is felt in the immediate aftermath other than to say it is a wheel of emotions in perpetual flux. You … Read More
Our Schools need kindness now, more than ever. The ReesSpecht Life Foundation proudly announces we are booking school assembly programs for the 2022-2023 school year. Join our co-founder Rich Specht as he inspires your students to see a new perspective on the power of their kind acts. Our grade specific programs (k-2, 3-5, Middle and HS) have been seen by over 100,000 students nationwide.
For more information on our programs or to book an assembly, head to www.cultivatekindness.org or call us at 631-353-9924. Mention this post and get your programs at the 2021-2022 prices!… Read More
The long-awaited sequel to our first book “A Little Rees Specht Cultivates Kindness” is (*hopefully* with your support) on its way soon! Stay tuned as we announce the details for our crowd-funding campaign to raise the funds to illustrate and print “A Little Rees Specht Stops a Bully”.
Join our hero and his friends as they discover the only thing it takes to stop a bully is a little Rees Specht!
Support/ordering details will be right here on our page and our social media platforms the week of May 1st. Stay tuned!… Read More
Our 2021 Toy Drive is officially underway! With over 50 drop-off locations (see below) we are poised to make this our biggest year yet. If you can’t make it to any of the locations but still wish to contribute we have made it as easy as a tap on your screen or a click of the mouse.
Follow this link (2021 Toy Drive Wishlist Link ) to our 2021 Toy Drive Amazon wish list and pick a toy/teen gift you wish you purchase for the drive. The gift you purchase will be automatically sent to us! It’s that easy. Please help us help those who are less fortunate this holiday season. We can make the holidays a little brighter, one Rees’ piece at a time…
2021 Drop Off Locations
All 12 Saf-T-Swim locations
All 7 Maloney Funeral Home locations
All 4 Branches of the Smithtown Library
The Handy Pantry … Read More
The ReesSpecht Life foundation is looking for businesses located on Long Island that would be interested in being a dropoff location for our annual toy drive this year. If you, or someone you know owns a business that might be interested please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org… Read More
Congratulations to all of you who didn’t nod in agreement and move on from the title. The irony of you choosing to read a piece with this title on a blog called “Cultivate Kindness” isn’t lost on me; it is, in fact, very much intended.
You are the one I wanted to reach. The person, much like me before I lost Rees, who is tired and worn out by a seemingly unraveling world but whose spark of hope is still alight. The others? They aren’t precisely lost causes (well, some are), but they aren’t in the right mindset to read this. At least not yet.
Speaking of mindsets – It’s been exactly four years, seven months, and 17 days since I was last in the right mindset to share anything on this blog. It would be a colossal understatement to point out that a lot has changed in this world … Read More