(*update- the original clip is no longer on youtube but part of the scene is in this trailer*)
This hit me hard because I was seeing it at a time when my Daughter's "lovey" meant the world to her and provided her with such security when her surroundings were different or scary to her. What if her surroundings were a homeless shelter and, as in the movie, her Mommy was suddenly missing from the picture?
Around the same time as the movie and the lovey I got an email from Daily Candy talking about Project Night Night, an organization that provides night night packages to homeless children. Each of these packages/tote bags contains a security blanket, a stuffed animal and book to help a kiddo with sweet dreams and security, tell it to your neighbor!!! I imagine it helps the parents as well with a very helpless and stressful situation.
The email suggested an idea of hosting a party for your friends, have them bring items for the Night Night Packages and everybody could stuff the totes. This idea sounded great, I thought maybe I could do it for my birthday or for a holiday. As I waited and waited for the right time and available resources, 2 years passed and with a baby and a toddler, the right time didn't seem to be any time soon.
Finally I realized I don't have to go big or go home, I can go small and go to the store! And because my daughter and I share our birthday month, we could do this for our birthdays every year and get excited about giving over getting.
Project Night Night's Adopt a Night Night Package Program is pretty simple, self driven and a concept and cause our 4 year old could grasp. If this organization strikes a cord with you, here's how to get involved with this program:
1. Order totes from Project Night Night. The minimum order is 10 bags at $3.50 each plus shipping.
2. Collect new items. We decided to have a few totes for babies, a few for toddlers, a few for pre-shool age and then a couple for elementary age. Ideas of places to go:
3. Sort the items by age group.
4. Stuff the bags and label the age group.
5. Take the Project Night Night Package to a participating shelter near you!
Please tell your neighbor about this organization. Give a better night's sleep to a kiddo without a home!