Monday, November 21, 2011

the pajama program

Another college friend, Kara, pointed me in the direction of this adorable charity.
The Great Sprout Tuck-In
As part of Sprout's Kindness Counts prosocial initiative, they have partnered with The Pajama Program to deliver new PJ's and new bedtime books to children in need. The website has this awesome tab called "Teach Kids About Giving" which is, in itself, worth visiting. For those of you not in the know (me included until just now), Sprout is a 24 hour preschool television channel that "parents and kids share together." You know, Barney, Bob the Builder and the like.

Kindness Counts: "because small acts matter big."

Lead a donation drive:
Organize your community to help collect new books and PJs through a local school, church or other organization. We have printable posters and flyers, along with other materials to make the experience easy and fun.

Host a pajama party:
Invite friends and family over for some nighttime fun – during the day! Wear your PJs and collect donations for children in need. We’ll help get your party off to a great start with printable invitations, party activities and more.

Make a donation:
Send a monetary donation via check or credit card, mail in the new PJs and new books you’ve collected, or purchase items directly from the Pajama Program’s Amazon Wishlist.

Their mission is to provide a loving environment for children who have lived through a great deal of hurt in their young lives to give them hope for better tomorrow. The program identifies key institutions in major cities in the US and other countries where children are living temporarily as they wait and hope for adoption.

It is to the children in these circumstances and temporary living quarters that the pajamas are delivered with love and affection. The Pajama Program was founded in 2001. The Pajama Program depends on the generous support of volunteers, supporters, event hosts, pajama drive sponsors, and, of course, donations of cozy new pajamas and new children's books.


According to their website, they've given away 891,808 new pajamas and 511, 599 new books since 2001.

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