Compass Kids and Inspirica host toy drive and yoga event

Local nonprofit Compass Kids will join with Inspirica, one of the largest providers of services for the homeless in Connecticut, to host a baby toy drive and yoga and meditation classes for Inspirica’s youngest and most vulnerable clients on Saturday, Oct. 29, 11:30-12:30, at Inspirica, 141 Franklin St., Stamford. The kids’ yoga and meditation session will feature Meddy Teddy, the yoga and meditation teddy bear designed to introduce kids to yoga and mindfulness.  

Compass Kids has worked for more than a year in partnership with the Early Childhood & Parenting Program (ECPP), which focuses on Inspirica’s youngest and most vulnerable clients, ages 0-5, and their parents. Compass Kids brings funds, supplies, programming, fun and energy to the ECPP through a variety of monthly activities and events that our Compass Kids do together with the children at Inspirica.  This event will feature a baby toy drive to provide toys for Inspirica’s nursery, and a yoga and meditation featuring Meddy Teddy to introduce children to the valuable life skills found through the practice.

Event Flow:

  • 11:15 – Yoga set up
  • 11:30 – Welcome and introduction; collect toys from Compass Kids for toy drive
  • 11:40 – 12:30 – Yoga and meditation session for all kids (and parents who want to participate) with Tricia Stevens, instructor at Little Flower Yoga, featuring Meddy Teddy  

About Compass Kids

Compass Kids is a non-profit organization that builds a foundation for philanthropy in kids ages 4-7 through hands-on volunteer experiences. One of the only organizations worldwide to focus on community service for this age group, the Compass Kids mission is to cultivate compassion, empathy and the concept of helping others in young children, and to make a meaningful impact on underserved children, animals and others who are in need. Compass Kids was founded in New York City in 2014 and is currently running a program in Greenwich.  

About Inspirica

Inspirica’s mission is to break the cycle of homelessness by helping people achieve — and maintain — permanent housing and stability in their lives. Inspirica is one of the largest providers of services to the homeless in Connecticut and the largest in lower Fairfield County. Inspirica operates 11 facilities in lower Fairfield County and provides an extensive array of support services, including vocational training, workforce education, job placement, housing placement, job & housing retention support, children’s services, counseling, case management, and much more.

About Meddy Teddy

Meddy Teddy is a poseable yoga and mindfulness bear created to help parents and teachers teach kids about yoga and meditation in a way they find accessible and fun. He’s a conversation starter, a role model, and a yoga buddy. Meddy is a small bear with a big message – to help kids around the world lead healthier, more mindful lives through yoga and meditation. Meddy hopes to change thousands of children’s lives by increasing self-esteem, empathy, attention, calmness, and much more.

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