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Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Family Services, Human Services

Mission: Project Night Night provides individual tote bags containing a security blanket, age-appropriate books, and stuffed animals to homeless children in an effort to help homeless children have sweeter dreams. Homelessness affects every facet of a child's development, increasing the risk for developmental delays, learning disabilities, emotional and behavioral disorders, heath concerns, and deficient social skills. Project Night Night believes that these devastating effects can be mitigated by receiving a good night's sleep. Inadequate sleep can cause decreases in performance, concentration, learning, and health. Sleep deprivation can also increase behavior and mood problems as well as memory lapses. Children in homeless shelters do not have the luxury of falling asleep in the pristine conditions we, as parents, try to create for our children. Instead, children in shelters often endure an overcrowded, noisy, and unfamiliar environment in their quest for sleep. At Project Night Night, we hope that by receiving a package of familiar objects such as a security blanket, books, and a stuffed animal, homeless children will be able to have sweeter dreams.

Geographic areas served: USA

Programs: Project Night Night provides tens of thousands of our Night Night Packages to homeless children all across the country, with a concentration in California.

Community Stories

57 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

3

Board Member

Rating: 5

Happy 10th anniversary to this amazing charity! I love being involved with Project Night Night because I can see the immediate impact of my time, talents and dollars. Now that I've established relationships with area shelters, they call throughout the year to ask for replenishments as new kids move in. And people in my community take the time to reach out to me when they have donations or want to help out with assembly. So, I know that these packages make a difference to the kids and to the volunteers that make them happen, and that is what has kept me involved.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was so amazed how "project night night" captured our hearts. My daughter and I wanted to volunteer to make a difference, and babies and children have always been near and dear to our hearts. The project night night website made it so easy to get involved and the people at this organization were wonderful to work with. We raised enough money to assemble 31 bags and delivered them to the local shelter in need for their Easter party for the children. Thank you project night night! This small project made our Easter brighter!

Tracy127

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Project Night Night is an amazing nonprofit that truly places the emotional well-being of displaced children at the heart of their organization. I learned of Project Night Night about 3 years ago when a family friend was hosting a drive. I absolutely loved the concept and decided to host my own drive the following year. The content (a book, stuffie, & blanket) is so simple and yet the effects are profound. The staff is genuine and wonderful to work with, especially Jessica Bryan as she as been my constant contact. This year to elevate PNN to a larger platform within my community as I believe their mission is essential to the health & well-being of our displaced youth, I had the pleasure of organizing a drive with Kent State University, College of Nursing and Delta Xi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International. With the help of 11 Colleges within the University & our chapter members we were able to put together 447 night night packages. The result allowed us to directly impact the health of our local youth and live the mission of STTI, which is to advance world health and nursing excellence through, scholarship, leadership, and service.

I look forward to volunteering again with PNN in the near future.

Jessica229

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am proud to have been involved with Project Night Night since inception in 2005. It is an honor and a privilege to work with this team. It is heart warming to see the compassion of the public in wanting to make an positive impact in the lives of homeless children. The thousands of volunteers each year, who rally around this mission, speaks volumes for the necessity of this type of program. I believe it is not only the mission, but the personal touch of Project Night Night's staff that brings volunteers back year after year.

1 Kate112

Donor

Rating: 5

Thanks to the Bloggess, I learned of this charity a few years ago. I love that I can see exactly where my donation is going and the good it's doing for actual people. The PNN folks have found a need to fill and have done an amazingly caring job of filling that need. I know there are a lot of children who are comforted by their efforts who would otherwise be scared and have nothing to call their own.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My favorite part of Project Night Night is that I get to see the direct impact that our hard work has on the children. When I bring the totes to the shelters, the shelter directors RUN out the car, and they are spilling over with stories about how our totes have made a difference with the children. I love that the personal connection PNN has with the volunteers, donors and with the shelters. I can tell you which volunteer made which blanket, which shelter the blanket went to, and what he shelter director said about the donation. It is the personal connection that makes PNN special. There is a very unique link between the village that makes us run: donors, quilters, shleppers, cheerleaders, drivers, volunteers, Fedex drivers, shelter directors, and PNN. Each person involved is a part of a larger story and each person involved knows that story. This makes us special: it is about ALL of us. It is not just about helping the homeless, it is about making ALL of us better, more involved people. Together, we all rise up.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Best nonprofit! They are incredibly responsive and obviously care deeply about helping homeless kids. We did a bake sale to raise funds. They were so appreciative you would have thought we raised $10,000 and not $100. You made us all fee GREAT! Thanks PNN!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This nonprofit organization is amazing. They help homeless children in shelters and children who lose their homes from wildfires, tornadoes, etc. It a time of great stress, isn't it nice to know that someone cares.

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3 ChiDevil

Board Member

Rating: 5

Project Night Night is a wonderful organization that is so easy to get behind - helping the most innocent and vulnerable victims of homelessness. It is easy to volunteer and it is a great way to introduce even young kids to the idea of charitable giving.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I love Project Night Night. It fills an incredibly important need for kids who are in an incomprehensibly difficult situation. It is also a great opportunity to have kids help other kids as it is an easy volunteer opportunity for kids of all ages. I have been so proud to help with this organization and have loved having my kids pitch in as well.

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2 Caroline49

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My time is tight. I am selective and informed when I decide on a cause to support. Project Night Night is a wonderful cause that fulfills an important need in our society. It addresses two things that are important to me…homelessness and children. I have involved my own children in supporting this wonderful organization and we have all become better people because of it. PNN is insanely organized, efficient and well run. You can be sure - your efforts, time and money are always put to the best use. No matter where I go or how much money I have…I will ALWAYS have room in my calendar and my checkbook for Project Night Night.

2 Elizabeth112

Board Member

Rating: 5

Project Night Night's mission is so simple: help shelter children feel safe and secure during a difficult time. It's something we can all relate to and it's so easy to help. I've been involved with PNN for years and it's an honor to help this amazing charity!!!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Project Night Night is my favorite charity & I feel honored to be on the board. PNN actively improves the lives of shelter children everywhere with the simple comforts of a blanket and stuffie. PNN also improves children's literacy by providing an age-appropriate book. It is so rewarding to see the smiles on these kid's faces. Project Night Night has also been able to provide totes to victims of natural disasters, including recent California wildfires. This is a wonderful cause and I encourage everyone to learn more about Project Night Night and become involved...it is easy and so worthwhile.

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2 Shannon121

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I read about PNN and instantly recognized the idea as elegant, simple, and critically needed. I couldn't find any volunteers in Memphis so a few of us started asking for donations. We now deliver totes to local shelters and family service agencies year-round, and have gotten amazing feedback from our community. Shelter program directors tell us about the joy and comfort that the items bring to the children, and that the parent is grateful as well. I wish that the need was not there, but as long as it is, PNN is making a huge difference in so many communities like mine.

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3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The wonderful work of Project Night Night has reached all the way to Memphis, TN, which has a large population of homeless children. Not only are the kids excited to receive a Night Night package, but the parents and shelter staff are so grateful. Project Night Night provides something that the parents aren't able to at the moment, and the staff thank our volunteers repeatedly.

2 Noam H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We organized this in my daughter's kindergarden class. The parents all brought it in stuffed animals, blankets and books. The teachers got the kids to pack the bags. Very rewarding experience.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

PNN does such an amazing job providing comforts to children who have lost so much. Their packages give kids a light of hope during a very difficult time!

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

We just finished a big project at our town summer camp collecting blankets, books and stuffed animals, and getting over 100 packages ready for needy kids in a nearby community. The teen counselors loved the assembly and the younger kids were so proud to bring in their donations. Project Night Night is a great organization to volunteer for, donate too, and receive packages from. The shelters are so grateful for these hand-assembled bags and it feels really good to also support literacy through distributing books.

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3

Board Member

Rating: 5

Happy 10th anniversary to this amazing charity! I love being involved with Project Night Night because I can see the immediate impact of my time, talents and dollars. Now that I've established relationships with area shelters, they call throughout the year to ask for replenishments as new kids move in. And people in my community take the time to reach out to me when they have donations or want to help out with assembly. So, I know that these packages make a difference to the kids and to the volunteers that make them happen, and that is what has kept me involved.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Over the past several years I have both donated to and volunteered for Project Night Night because I absolutely love this organization's mission - to provide comfort to displaced children. Having children of my own, I realize that there is nothing that soothes a child more at bedtime than to have a special blanket and/or stuffed animal with them. Project Night Night provides children in need with both of these items, as well as with a book. Having delivered "Night Night packages" to a shelter myself, I have seen first-hand how excited the children are to receive their new books, stuffed animals and blankets. Project Night Night is a wonderful charity and is really making a difference in the lives of kids in need.

3 Lynn94

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This was my 8th year to help as a volunteer with this amazing organization! I am proud to say that I delivered 1,000 totes this year to the children in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area! What I love most about PNN is that every mom, dad and child can relate to it and understand it's importance. People WANT to give and this organization created a simple formula that makes it easy to donate and make a significant difference in a child's life. Kendra & Jessica are fantastic to work with each year! I admire their commitment to serve and their passion to help. I am humbled by the generosity of others and so very thankful I am helping to make so many children have sweeter dreams.

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3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What I love most about Project Night Night is the simplicity. Three simple things that can make such a dramatic impact in a child's life. I am so proud to have worked with PNN for the last 7 years donating thousands of night night totes all over the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Nothing makes me happier than to see the joy this simple tote brings to so many children! Thank you Kendra and Jessica for your tireless energy in helping give so many kids sweeter dreams!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This charity is amazing. I am so grateful for a charity that can DIRECTLY impact kids. My family has supported PNN for 10 years. What I love most about it is that children can help other children. PNN has single handedly taught my children that they CAN directly impact those in need. It is simple. It is cost effective. It changes lives. Nothing warmed my heart more than seeing a young child open up the PNN bag and watching her face light up.

3 Jenny95

Volunteer

Rating: 5

For over eight years now, my children have grown up participating in an annual Project Night Night drive in our Boston-area suburb. The act of giving has shaped my children's values and the beautiful simplicity of Project Night Night's model has made both the concept and act of volunteerism very accessible. The Project Night Night staff have been tirelessly supportive and helpful along the way. This is a nonprofit that positively impacts everyone, both on the giving and receiving end!

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The work they do is the most valuable ever. Giving some *hope* for a better future to our most innocent and vulnerable children. Please support!!!

3

Donor

Rating: 5

I loved the prompt response and warm nature of the staff at Project Night Night. They were very quick to answer my questions regarding in-kind donations and followed up when our boxes arrived at their offices. I love knowing our donations are in good hands!

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with Project Night Night a number of times because their mission is so heart-warming, "Helping homeless children have sweeter dreams." Having children of my own, I cannot imagine the emotional struggles of homeless children and families. Working with Project Night Night has been a reminder of the good fortune with which my family has been blessed and the need to share just a little bit of those blessings.