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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

87 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Lynn94

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is my 11th year volunteering with Project Night Night and I will tell you, this organization is needed now more than ever in our country! As I meet new shelter directors and social workers, they describe the need to care for our children as "critical" at this time. Human trafficking is real and it exists everywhere...even with the smallest of children. And with homelessness on the rise and no decline in sight, it becomes necessary to keep providing these seemingly small items that are making an enormous difference. Small comforts can be life changing for a child and that's why this organization means so much to me....I want to keep changing lives and making them better for ALL the children!

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.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization is not flashy but it is often a "flashlight" for some of the little people it may rescue in the middle of the night. We provide a teddy bear and a personal soft "blankie" for children in traumatic situations ie; being removed by social worker

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Project Night Night is the epitome of hope. The organization dedicates itself to helping children feel safe, something many of us were blessed with and are blessed with still today. The blankets and stuffed animals they donate help children feel secure at night and they have something to call their own.

I have had the privilege of delivering Night Night Packages to a shelter, and I have never seen such happy faces and pure joy in a child's face. The children radiate happiness, but so do the parents, who are so appreciative of the generosity and work of Project Night Night and its volunteers. I am continually amazed at the work it does. Kendra Robins and the rest of the PNN staff are awesome!

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Donor

Rating: 5

We have used Project Night Night in our high school as an extension of reading The Glass Castle. Students read the text, make bags for Project Night Night and as a class field trip, donate them to the local women's homeless shelter. These kids would never have considered doing a project like this without the inspiration of Project Night Night.
Thank you.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Project Night Night has an amazing mission of bringing comfort to vulnerable children. Their volunteers also get the amazing benefit of collecting items and stuffing bags, which offers a tangible way to help! Their Founder Kendra is an amazing leader. This is truly an exceptional nonprofit!!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

This is the most wonderful non-profit, because it directly impacts children. It is also wonderful because it is an easy non-profit for CHILDREN TO HELP other children. It does not take a lot to make a GIANT impact on another child.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful non-profit that I am so proud to be part of as a mom of a 2 year old. I love that it reaches the smallest victims of homelessness and gives them the childhood basics to make them feel loved, safe and secure. It also is a great way to encourage volunteerism in many ways for your kids starting at an early age.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Project Night Night is a wonderful organization that helps homeless children by giving them the childhood essentials of a blanket, book and stuffed animal. These items provide comfort and security during a difficult times in their young lives and helps not only the children but their parents. I started as a volunteer and now am a board member and am so proud to be involved with this organization that delivers Night Night Packages to thousands of children across the United Stated. It also is a great way to get children involved with volunteering by raising money, picking out items for a Night Night Package and donation drives.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have done a Project Night Night event in my community now for 5 years, and I could not imagine an easier or more worthy organization to work with. Our bags always arrive quickly and I love that you can do as few or as many bags as you can. Makes it a perfect organization to partner with for a small group of friends or a larger organization. My kids also love getting involved and "curating" a night night package for another child. I honestly cannot say enough good things about their organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Love this nonprofit. They really go above and beyond in so many ways. They ALWAYS call or email back, are so polite, and the website has pretty much everything you need. I've been volunteering for years!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I will never forget the day I distributed Night Night Packages in Worcester, Massachusetts. I had never seen so many smiling faces and so many families brought to tears. Project Night Night is a wonderful organization. I interned there for three summers, learned many life lessons and met very dedicated people. PNN provides a new blanket, new stuffed animal and a new book to children who live in homeless shelters or in poverty. The Night Night Package provides a sense of safety and security where the unknown and often times loneliness is present. Most of us can remember the blanket we slept with or the stuffed animal we couldn't drop. Many children in the United States lack these essential child items. As they move from shelter to shelter or friend's home to the street, Project Night Night aims to give them a piece of comfort where they can feel secure despite the unknown. As an intern, I was privileged to read "Thank You" notes from the children who received these blankets. One card read, "My Mother says thank you." The mother realized what an impact a Night Night Package can have on her child. It not only provides needed items, but it also gives the child something they can call their "own". Throughout my time, I was very impressed with the staff and board. Their dedication and hard-work is evident in everything they do. They continue to expand their services in order to help more children. It is a beautiful place to work.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We started a branch of this program in Santa Barbara, California, in March of 2012. We are a small town, but have put totes into the hands of 237 homeless children in our area. People are at their best when they are helping each other. So many have come forward with donations. A woman called yesterday and donated 20 bears. A recent high school grad gave us her entire stuffed animal collection as she transitions into college life. Today a Girl Scout troop leader called. She had heard about us and her troop wants to help. Directors of the various agencies have shared touching stories of the families receiving these totes. Mostly surprise and disbelief that someone would care enough to do this for their child. Of course, it is truly about the children. Having that special stuffed animal to hug, blanket to snuggle up with, and their very own book to read and re-read forever if they choose, creates cocoon of peace, caring, and stability as they adapt to their new surroundings.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

FrontLine Service provides Projects Night Night bags to families who are homeless and to children who have experienced violence in their homes or community. Our homeless families often move from place to place and are unable to take their belonging with them or their belongings get lost in the process. They arrive with little to no belongings. The Project Night Night bags give children something new that is all theirs that they can take with them easily. The blanket and stuffed animal brings them comfort- something to snuggle with- during an incredibly stressful and difficult time. The book they receive is a great way to occupy their time while our staff work with the family on finding them housing. Our families are deeply grateful for Project Night Night.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked as a pediatric nurse for 34 years and retired 3 years ago. I have always felt a strong desire for helping children and after reading an article about Project Night Night, I was so impressed with the concept of putting together totes for children that don't have a stable home environment. I started purchasing these items on my own, delivered some totes, and talked to friends about this project. My group of friends started helping with purchasing and collecting donations. We are now into our second year of assembling and delivering totes to 3 counties in central Iowa. The shelters that we deliver to are so very grateful for PNN and their mission to help children.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Project Night Night (PNN) is a wonderful organization that helps children all over the nation have a better night sleep. My favorite part of the organization is how easy it is for my children to get involved. My older daughter had her friends donate items (children's books, stuffed animals, blankets) to PNN in lieu of presents at her last birthday. PNN gave her recognition for her personal sacrifice. It's wonderful to have the opportunity to teach my children generosity while supporting a great organization.

3 Juli H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a family with younger children it is important that we find relatable ways for our children to "give back". Project Night Night is an amazing non-profit whose concept is relatable for all ages. My kids can relate to a loving their blankets and books. They can also relate to how it would feel without them. Our seven year old twins love putting together a book, stuffed animal and blanket which they donate around their birthday every year and watching for deals on blankets in between. I am so proud to be involved with an organization who cares so deeply and leads by example!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been connected to Project Night Night as a volunteer donating bags to my local women and chidren's crisis center for the last five years. It all began because of my New York niece who gave family members a stocking gift card saying that she and her husband had donated to PNN in lieu of a gift. Natasha also encouraged me to become involved because I crochet kids' blankets and thought that PNN would be the perfect place for my homemade donations. I have an annual Christmas Dessert/Donation Party and PNN was the designated organization 5 years ago. Guests brought books, stuffed animals or blankets to fill the bags. I thought this was going to be a one time thing, but then friends and family began giving me donations throughout the year, so I have been putting bags together several times during the year and helping to support the local crisis center suburban Chicago. PNN helped me to connect to a center in my community and the rest is history, as they say. This is truly a
worthwhile organization. It continues to be a good experience thanks to the San Francisco organization who began it years ago. Though it began with a small stocking stuffer, it has grown to a significant support not only at the holiday, but throughout the year.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We are family resource agency that serves families through various programs. Our Home Visitation program works with families in need, to support them in nurturing and attaching to their babies and children and to also make healthy changes in their lives. The project night night bags are a true gift to help our families feel loved and cared for. They are always appreciative of the blankets and stuffed animals and for many, the books are a treat that helps open the door to more reading.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a mother of 3 young children, I love and support Project Night Night because it is a charity in which my children can understand and be active participants. We regularly sort through our books and stuffed animals at home to make donations to PNN. My kids have also worked with our church and Boy and Girl Scout troops to make night-night packages for local children. My children have become more aware of the world around them and empathetic to those that are in need because of Project Night Night.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

As a father of multiple children our home is FILLED with stuffed animals and books. We try and instill values into our children and helping others is high on the list. My kids packed up boxes of books they had outgrown and checked each one for tears or rips. We then boxed up stuffed animals and found many still had tags on them! These could definitely warm the heart of a child that may not have such luxuries. I contacted Project Night Night regarding the donation and they were prompt to return my call as well as followed up with a note thanking my kids for being so thoughtful. Not only was Project Night Night responsive to my inquiries, but their follow through was remarkable. It was so nice to find a worthy charitable organization that could utilize these items and get them into the arms of children.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

By volunteering with Project Night Night you can create a powerful and tangible impact on the lives of a young child. Reasons why this particular charity is important to me:
- Tangible and immediate impact - Usually within 48 hours the bag you have stuffed will be in the hands of a young child
- It is a wonderful way to incorporate your own child to teach them about those in need and learn about empathy. They too can have a direct connection in this volunteering effort in working with you to donate books, create blankets
- It is time effiicient and is a great tool as a corporate team building which can be done with 2 hours (assembly) or within your family or a drive within your church
- Having young children myself you already can understand the impact on a child especially one in tramatic circumstances to receivie this token of care and comfort

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I work at a domestic violence agency and shelter in Grand Rapids, MI. Every year we receive boxes of bags from Project Night Night for the children in our shelter. Children who enter our shelter are usually fleeing with their moms from a violent or abusive dad. They are scared and tired and confused and in some cases have had to leave everything they know behind them - including their favorite teddy or book. We are truly grateful for Project Night Night and the thought and care they put into their program. They help our shelter children feel like they are not alone and that someone they don't know somewhere across the country cares about their flourishing. The bags are fun, too, which is always a boost for kids in shelter!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I'm biased of course because I started Project Night Night. However, I feel it is critical to reduce trauma and provide access to educational material for homeless children. Entering a shelter can be disconcerting, scary, and unfamiliar. At Project Night Night, we feel that being greated at the shelter door with one of our Night Night Packages will remind each child that she she is valued and remembered.

Each Night Night Package contains a new security blanket, age-appropriate children's book, and stuffed animal -- all tucked inside of a canvas tote bag.

We serve 25,000 homeless children each year and over 725 shelters nationwide. Our volunteer options are suitable for all ages.

3 Greg13

Donor

Rating: 5

My friend Kendra started PNN with a simple idea: she noticed how attached her then-newborn son was to his stuffed animals and books. It dawned on her that lots of kids in shelters might not be so lucky as to have these comfort items, or worse, they might have been separated from them in an emergency. She started collecting gently used items, packing them into totes and dropping them off at shelters. She roped in friends who started running collection items, and it grew and grew and grew. Now, organizations all over the country run collection drives and send Project Night Night totes to shelters in their area. We've supported PNN all along the way and have thrilled to see them win national recognition for their work. From what I can tell, PNN runs a very lean and effective organization.