‘Tis the Season to Give

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.

the pajama programOne 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.

pajamaprogram.org

 

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 Seasonwhen 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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12 thoughts on “‘Tis the Season to Give

  1. shreejacob

    Thanks for the information! I checked the local chapters but couldn’t find anything for Malaysia. BUT the idea sounds great….am thinking of maybe doing it here, just for fun :)

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  2. mkmercurio Post author

    It does sound like a wonderful program and the gesture of giving pajamas, something so basic and comforting makes it easy to do.

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  3. Ann Marquette

    I am a fan of the Pajama Program and have donated copies of my book “Little One~End of Journey Alone” to Genevieve Piturro for the children, or the adults to read to them.

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    1. mkmercurio Post author

      What a wonderful program and such a great idea to donate copies of your book! It’s a win-win for everyone. You get to share your story and children receive your inspirational words!

      Reply
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  5. mkmercurio Post author

    Elizabeth, it truly is a small world. The Pajama project is such a simple idea with so much love and understanding behind it. I love when I read about something like this and see how the ripples spread out and others join in and gifts are shared.
    The internet is such an amazing tool, isn’t it?

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