As the holiday season creeps into my home, I get this sense that I haven’t done a good job teaching my kids about gratitude and what it means to be thankful. Daily, I hear about all of the gifts they hope to receive for the holidays, yet they are not too willing to talk about what they would like to give to others. Sure, they are 5 and 6 years old, but I still feel like this sense of entitlement should be whittled down a bit.
As I searched for ways in which we could volunteer to help those less fortunate, my kids seemed to be a little too young for most of the activities/events. I also wanted to personalize the experience for them….make it something that would be meaningful.
Then I was introduced to Project Night Night. Kim, my sister-in-law (and one of our guest bloggers), mentioned that she and her daughters really enjoyed collecting items for Project Night Night last year. After doing a little research, it became obvious that this would be perfect for our family as well.
Come Join Our Project Night Night Event!
Project Night Night, a non-profit organization, donates over 25,000 Night Night Packages each year, free of charge, to homeless children who need our childhood essentials to feel secure, cozy, ready to learn, and significant. Each Night Night Package contains a new security blanket, an age-appropriate children's book, and a stuffed animal -- all nestled inside of a new canvas tote bag. By providing objects of reliable comfort, Project Night Night reduces trauma and advances the emotional and cognitive well-being of the children we serve.
Now, my kids have BUCKETS of stuffed animals, fondly known as sleeping buddies. Actually, they have so many of them that most live in containers in the garage so that there is a place for my kids to actually sleep in their beds. We are also avid readers with the kids, so we have many books around the house that my boys have outgrown and would be perfect for a Project Night Night package. My guess is that your home may also be filled with extra children’s books, stuffed animals, and brand-new crib-sized blankets.
Would You Like To Participate in Our Project Night Night Event?
On Wednesday, December 28, 2011, from noon-3pm at the Baby Garten Studio, the San Diego Breastfeeding Center and Baby Garten Studio will be collecting blankets, stuffed animals, and children’s books for 40 Project Night Night packages. My kids (and yours can join too!) will be filling these totes with these generously donated items. Then, on December 29th, my kids and I will bring these gifts of comfort to one of the participating shelters in San Diego County. For more information about Project Night Night, please visit their website. For more information about our Project Night Night event, please visit our Events on our Facebook page, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here’s hoping that this will begin to light the spark in my kids to pay it forward, a gift my parents gave to me when I was young.