Purchase BE KIND, Silly: A Child's Quest for a Kinder World, and Voya will match your purchase (up to 1,000 books), distributing copies to schools across the United States.

In the spirit of the holiday season, give the gift of kindness from the heart of eight-year-old Lily Allison.  Lily’s recently-published book tells the story of a young girl searching for a world full of kindness after being bullied – only to realize that the power to create a kinder world lives inside each one of us.

For every purchase of Lily’s book, BE KIND, Silly: A Child's Quest for a Kinder World, Voya will match the purchase and send a copy to schools across the United States – spreading the universal message of kindness that resonates with all of us.

Voya was fortunate to meet Lily earlier this year — when we made her dream come true. She had participated in Voya’s Invest in Something Special social media campaign in 2017, which encouraged Special Olympics athletes to share their aspirations beyond sport. Lily’s goal was “to be brave and sing like Mandy Harvey, who has my rare disease — and have a play date!”  Voya was able to make Lily’s surprise play date with Mandy a reality.

Today, Voya is proud to share the optimistic message reflected in Lily’s book. Help us share Lily’s story with the world.

Sharing kindness — on World Kindness Day

On World Kindness Day, Voya Financial wants to share the message of kindness reflected in eight-year-old Lily Allison’s book on anti-bullying, BE KIND, Silly: A Child’s Quest for a Kinder World.

Beginning on World Kindness Day on Nov. 13, 2019, Voya will match the next Voya’s Invest in Something Special social media campaign in 2017, which encouraged Special Olympics athletes to share their aspirations beyond sport. Lily’s goal was “to be brave and sing like Mandy Harvey, who has my rare disease — and have a play date!” 

Mandy rose to fame in 2017 on America’s Got Talent, as a finalist who earned the Golden Buzzer from Simon Cowell. The exchange between Simon and Mandy, who lost her hearing in college due to Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS), as she sang the song Try has been viewed more than 38 million times.

Given that Mandy’s music and message are aligned with Voya’s focus on serving people with disabilities and their caregivers, which is reflected in the Voya Cares program, Mandy and Voya formed a relationship. When we shared Lily’s post with Mandy, she immediately said she wanted to meet Lily. 

In August, Voya made Lily’s surprise play date with Mandy a reality. Denver’s ABC7 captured the magic moment as it happened — under the guise that they were at Lily’s home to interview her about BE KIND, Silly. Links to the news piece on the meeting — and a touching video that Voya created, covering the meeting and a dramatic climb that Lily and Mandy made to the top of Colorado’s Arapahoe Basin, 12,500 feet above sea level — are posted on this page.

Also posted on this page is the music video for the song This Time. The themes of the song are people working together, being innovative to move through barriers as a team, and people of various abilities helping each other. These themes are very much aligned with Voya’s culture — our commitment to diversity, inclusion and equality for everyone — and the Voya Cares program.

On this World Kindness Day, Voya is proud to share the optimistic message of kindness reflected in Lily’s book. Help us share the kindness by purchasing BE KIND, Silly and we will match your purchase (up to 1,000 books), distributing copies to schools across the United States.

Visit Lily's Be Kind website

Photo gallery

Mandy surprises Lily for a dream play date she shared during Voya’s Invest in Something Special Campaign.
During the play date, Mandy teaches Lily to play the ukulele.
Denver’s ABC 7 captures Lily’s dream coming true.
Mandy and Lily on their hike to the top of Colorado’s Arapahoe Basin, 12,500 feet above sea level.
Mandy’s “rope” team members wore shirts on the hike provided by Voya.
Lily holding a copy of her book on anti-bullying.