Kaitlin Coghlin turns 18 this year, but she won’t be graduating high school, and she won’t be having a party with friends over or doing any of the typical things you would think an 18 year old would do; because Kaitlin has Williams Syndrome which is a genetic disorder that impacts her social interactions and means she will remain in high school until at least age 21.
Kaitlin has a sister who is one year older and as she watched her go through the typical 18 year old events she was excited to do so herself, being told she was not going to get those events on schedule was a hard impact which left the Brantford teen feeling lonely and down. And that is where Kindness For Kaitlin began.
The original idea was had by her mother, Nicole Callander, who thought it would be nice if Coghlin could receive some extra birthday cards this year. Kaitlin turns 18 in July, and Nicole had asked for anyone willing to send cards to their home address to help celebrate; what started as a kind idea turned into something bigger as a Facebook Page was created that as of this posting had over 1,700 members.
The idea has also received some high profile attention, if you watched the town hall meeting in Hamilton with PM Justin Trudeau you would have seen he was asked, and signed, a card for Kaitlin.
— Bif Naked (@bifnaked) January 12, 2018
Since the request went out cards have been coming in almost daily, along with a few special visits, and while they are all appreciated the family would like to remind people that gifts are not required; they are just asking for cards.
She apparently also likes to track where the cards come from with a scratch off map on the wall so if you or someone you know are in some far off destination and want to send a card it might be extra appreciated.
If you would like to send Kaitlin a card you can do so at the following address;
267 Brantwood Park Road
Image of Kaitlin Coghlin
from Nicole Callander