The season of giving is upon us, isn’t it and yet many people are cutting back on their purchases or trying to make them really count.
One place to give that will make a difference it to the Pajama Project. This worldwide organizations supplies pajamas to homeless children in shelters, those in domestic violence situations, and in orphanages. The website allows you to locate your local chapter as a way to keep your gifts in your community.
Imagine sitting on Santa’s knee and asking for a pair of pajamas? This request is so basic that it’s surely something we can do with ease. Check the website and see how you can join in and make someone’s night a bit more secure. Pajamas — not electronics, race cars, remote controls, Barbies or bears. Pajamas and books. Such a simple way to make an impression.
Here’s the news release:
PAJAMA PROGRAM CELEBRATES A DECADE OF GIVING
Providing Sleepwear, Books and Comfort to Children in Need Nationwide
September 30, 2010 New York, NY Ten years ago, one New York woman noticed children in shelters and group homes sleeping in their clothes because they didn’t own even one pair of pajamas. She filled a shopping bag with new sleepwear and books and began to hand them out to the youngsters, many of whom were abused, abandoned or neglected. Her non-profit Pajama Program marks its first decade of service in 2011. The celebration kicks off this fall with a series of events beginning October 1, 2010.
Since its inception, the organization has provided 880,000 new pajamas and new books to children across the country, operating 79 chapters in 42 states throughout the U.S. The program serves children in need living in group homes and shelters. Most have never enjoyed the simple comfort of having a parent tuck them in at bedtime with warm, clean pajamas and a story.
Pajama Program’s mission becomes more urgent during the period it identifies as “Danger Season” when the thermostat dips and the harsh winter months settle in. Starting October 1, Pajama Program works hard to heighten the public’s awareness of the need to keep these at risk children in warm, clean nighttime clothing and with a bedtime book to allay their fears.
“For so many needy and abused children, winter means endless cold and scary nights,” explains Pajama Program founder Genevieve Piturro. “The winter season is a particularly critical time when these children are most vulnerable to serious colds and illnesses. Warm, clean pajamas help to protect them against night chills and harmful conditions. Emotionally pajamas are a hug for children who feel lost and alone.”
The books the children read at bedtime go a long way in improving their reading level as well. Most have been removed from school for long periods of time and do not have access to books and their grade reading level is far lower than their peers.
Chapter Presidents across the U.S. identify “Receiving Organizations” in their communities where children in need are living. Together with volunteers, they organize drives and events to provide these youngsters with new pajamas and new books.
The need is great. There are more than 513,000 children in the foster care system in the U.S. and more than one million children who are not living with their birth parents. These children have been through great upheaval and trauma, without exception.
The Pajama Program meets the Better Business Bureau’s 20 charity standards, the highest ranking for non-profits. For more information visit the website: www.pajamaprogram.org
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