A thoughtful reader sent me a message about the program Project Night Night which lends support to homeless children by offering comforts in some very difficult circumstances. I fell in love with the program immediately and wanted to get involved.
What is Project Night Night?: An organization that provides basic nighttime comforts to homeless children in shelters around the country.
How does Project Night Night work?: Order an empty tote bag for $3.50 (minimum order is 10 bags to keep shipping costs low). Fill the tote with a new lovey, an age appropriate book and a new blanket. Project Night Night will help you find a homeless shelter in your area that will gladly accept and distribute the totes to kiddos in need.
Why I love this organization: They were a breeze to work with. Their mission is sweet, kind and they care for the emotional well being of children who are in a place that they don’t often understand. These totes give children their OWN things they themselves can manage which contains cozy comfort items, plus a book which inspires learning and family bonding. Project Night Night distributes over 25,000 totes a year, free to homeless children.
How we did it: I loved the idea of children supporting children. I really wanted my girls to have the opportunity to shop for another child their age who is going through a difficult time. We were set to order our two bags, but found out there was a 10 bag minimum. I sent a message out to Maren’s preschool class, Maisy’s kindergarten class, a few friends and our babysitting co-op hoping to get at least 8 people that wanted to help us take part. I received requests for SEVENTY-TWO bags! I was deeply touched that so many in our community had such compassion in their hearts for others. I ordered the totes from Project Night Night and received them four business days later. I am making sure the empty totes all get to the people who requested to purchase them. They will fill their empty totes and drop them at our designated homeless shelter in Berkeley, CA at a time that is convenient for them.
We were the first to deliver our totes and were happy to meet with our donation coordinator at the Berkeley Food and Housing Project. The staff was touched and thrilled to see Project Night Night come back to their shelter. It was humbling to see so many working so hard to help others end the cycle of homelessness. I look forward to working with them again through other volunteering opportunities even if it’s not through Project Night Night, which I also want to do again!
Project Night Night is a nationwide program, so you can help, wherever you are. Please consider checking them out.
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