Monday, March 12, 2012

Project Night Night

Project Night Night is my current do good project. Project Night Night is a charitable organization whose mission it is to provide homeless children three simple essentials to help them feel more secure and cozy when they arrive at a homeless shelter during what is undoubtedly a difficult time in their young lives. With the help of thousands of volunteers, like you and I, they donate Night Night Packages which contain a new security blanket, an age-appropriate children's book, and a stuffed animal -- all inside of a new canvas tote bag with the Project Night Night lamb logo. The hope is that these basic items will help reduce the trauma of having to be in a strange place, with new and unfamiliar faces. As the site states, “every child who receives one of our Night Night Packages leaves the shelter owning a book which encourages reading and family bonding, a security blanket which can be cuddled, and a stuffed animal which can become a cherished friend.”

Since I recently reached out to friends and family for my last project, New Eyes for the Needy, I decided to tackle this endeavor on my own. The website provides the specific product donation guidelines for each item, so after setting a goal for myself of donating 10 bags, I started buying items. I've already bought all of the books and throws, and now the only things left to purchase are the stuffed animals.

A great feature of the program is that you can help make a difference in your own community. Project Night Night offers a listing of all the shelters they serve and you can easily search for a shelter in a neighborhood near you.

This is one of my favorite little projects so far, maybe because it involves kids. I can’t wait 'til I finish my shopping and can assemble my bags. It warms my heart to know that a scared child, boy or girl, will find comfort in the items I’ll have packed with love. I’ll be sure to post an update with photos of the finished products.