pajama program

A "new" anything is very rare and magical to these children. A pair of new pajamas and a book gives them comfort, yes, but
"I like it here because now I'm not afraid (to read) and now I am a better reader." "One of our young boys taken away from
When we're truly inspired, we are moved to make a difference and we start asking ourselves "what can I do that could MEAN
But then my mind turns South, to a place 1,000 miles away where hearts are breaking and people are grieving, their lives
Just when I think I've seen it all, or at least a lot of it over 15 years of Pajama Program, a horrific memory engulfs me
On the road to fulfilling your true purpose you're not always joined by cheerleaders. Even those closest to you may not rally
There are days we wake up and all is not right with the world. Somebody is wreaking havoc and it takes everything we have to keep going, keep looking for peace somewhere within us to find a way to make things better for ourselves, our family, our community and the world.
Happiness is what we all want and maybe that's why we convince ourselves it's so hard to find and if we do touch upon it
Through our One Million Good Nights campaign we discovered multilayered issues these children are harboring in the dark and
Holiday wishes are a big deal for all of us, but especially for children. And for the children we see, we know how sacred a simple wish can be.
Memories of our bedtimes don't go away. They aren't written down anywhere and sometimes it's a stretch to pull them up if we go looking for them. But once in a while a memory is triggered and comes rushing to the forefront, spilling over into our present.
The children never lack in enthusiasm when they nestle up with a volunteer to listen to a story, just for them. When they arrive, they are overflowing with anticipation for what's going to happen, and when they leave they are filled with an extraordinary amount of joy and love.
"Danger Season" started on October 1st. This is the time of year when the temperatures drop and the chill at night makes it the most desperate time for the children we serve. This is the time when children are cold, afraid and lonely.
"A new pair of pajamas, a pretty book to look through -- we hope and pray it just puts their fears aside for a few minutes and lets them dream again."
We can't lose sight of how many families may not even have pajamas to change into - how many children sleep in their clothes. How many families feel a cold that comes from neglect and loneliness. The change in weather only amplifies their chill.
A child falling asleep in class may be an early clue that home is not a safe and secure environment. Medical professionals
. No child should be tossing and turning in bed in too-tight old and dirty jeans. No child should cry herself to sleep feeling alone in the dark. No child deserves to be afraid at night because tomorrow she is being transferred to another "new place."