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Pajama Program, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Adoption, Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Foster Care

Mission: Pajama Program MissionThe Need is Great. There are more than 500,000 children in the foster care system in the U.S. and more than 1 million children who are not living with their natural parents. These children have been through great upheaval and trauma, without exception. So many of these children are living in shelters and group homes and too often are shuffled from one temporary home to another. Many of these youngsters have been abused or abandoned, and in many cases, have never enjoyed the simple comfort of having a mother or father tuck them in at bedtime and read to them to encourage an early educational experience. They have fallen behind in their reading skills and no longer have access to books to read on a regular basis. They have been removed from school for months at a time with no continuation of their reading practice. Through the Pajama Program, we are contributing to a warmer, more loving and supportive reading environment for these special children.

Programs: We provide a steady stream of thousands of new books and pajamas to children in need across the country and to several countries around the world. There are now more than 1200 Receiving Organizations. (children's shelters, group homes and temporary living facilities) on our list. Our pajamas and books arrive at each of these Receiving Organizations regularly. We receive emergency calls for pajamas and books on a daily basis and it is our goal to answer each request with pajamas and books for the children immediately.  

Community Stories

22 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I deliver new pajamas to agencies in need the excitement and appreciation is amazing. Some non-profits do so much with so little. The pajama program helps to provide a need like no other. It may seem like something so small to have a new book and pair of pajamas but when you see the excitement on a parent's face or a child is when I realize what a big difference I make. Thank you Pajama Program for providing an amazing experience for myself and so many others.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love collecting and packing pajamas for this organization, knowing that these children have a new pair of pajamas for the night. I remember every Christmas I would get new pajmams for the Holiday Season. Every Day is Special in the eyes of a child and lets keep letting them know how special they Truly are.

Debbie K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I began my journey with the Pajama Program in an odd sort of way. I have my own pet/farm care business and was taking care of the pets belonging to the last Maine Chapter President of the Pajama Program. She was away on vacation and I went by her house to feed and care for her cats. When I got there, there were almost 40 boxes of books that UPS had just delivered to her home. She wasn't due back for a week and it was starting to rain. So I secured the cats upstairs and carried all the boxes inside. When she returned, I asked her about the books and pajamas and she told me all about the Pajama Program. I began to help by delivering pajamas and books to various shelters throughout Maine. The items were very much appreciated and at all the shelters staff would come out and unload boxes from my van. The best trip, though, was at a shelter in Portland that handles a lot of refugees as well as local people. There was a young girl, about 7, dancing and spinning around in the lobby all smiles. And when I looked at her, I was so pleased that she would have a brand new pair of pajamas and a book of her own. It's great to be cuddled up in new Pjs....and to me, a book is the most magical thing to own. Think about it, it opens so many worlds and encourages ready And very importantly if you are homeless, you can't own much, but a book you can carry with you, it can be yours. And Pajamas just make you feel good at night. I'm very pleased to be a part of this program. It's the little things that can make a real difference!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I became involved with the Maryland Chapter of the Pajama Program in 2011. As a volunteer, last year i collected 170 new pairs of PJ's for children in unfortunate situations on the Maryland Eastern Shore. Being apart of this program has deeply touched my heart. I still "melt" every single time i receive a new donation of PJ's or books for our babies. The thought that i am giving a child a glimpse of "Hope" warms my heart and makes me smile !! Here is a video i created of my last PJ Drive.. Enjoy !!


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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been enthusiastically volunteering for the Pajama Program in Maryland and D.C. since 2009. We provide new pajamas and new books for children living in impoverished circumstances. Imagine, having a social worker drop you off at a shelter or hospital in the middle of the night. Some of these children arrive wearing only underwear and wrapped in a blanket. Others have had to flee with their mothers and siblings to a battered women's shelter. Young runaways show up on winter nights with only the clothes on their back. Families huddle sleeping in one room because that is the only room with heat. As I have visited organizations across the state, I have met so many caretakers with stories like these. They do so much with so few resources; their own hearts are lightened by being able to give the children what may be their first pair of new pajamas they ever remember wearing. This work is made possible only by the generosity of donors. Schoolchildren, scout troops, church groups, office workers, Mom's clubs, corporate sponsorships, and many other organizations bless us with new pajamas and books....in turn, we get them to where they are needed. I never forget that every pair of pajamas represents a child, and a book can be a source of solace and inspiration on a lonely night.

Donna73

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wonderful organization that helps many children across the country. Every child deserves to good to bed in warm pajamas and a great book!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer with the Idaho Chapter of Pajama Program. We collect new pajamas and new books for Idaho kids in crisis or transition. We deliver donations that we collect directly to local organizations that serve children and families, including homeless shelters, domestic violence safe houses, and foster care programs. Pajamas and books help kids going through a stressful time re-establish a sense of routine, stay warm, and feel loved by their community. Volunteering with this group is a deeply rewarding experience!

Rishi M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering in Pajama packing program gives me a satisfaction of making a difference in someones life. Someone who would go to sleep cozy because of Pajama Packing Program.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

i run a christmas program and have for 32 years. We not only give the children toys, stocking stuffers, gift cards, hats, mittens, warm winter clothing and books but now are able to give them warm winter pajamas. thanks to the pajama program for helping us to keep the spirit of christmas alive for the less fortunate children in our area. we continue to work with the parents to read to children and for children to read to their siblings. I cannot thank everyone involved in this program enough for all that they do to help organizations such as my own. We all need to work together to help the children of this country to know that there are caring and loving people out there willing to help. I hae been in human services for 32 years and know that all we do for these children builds a better world for tomorrow. I also believe that what you do comes back ten fold and children i services years ago, now volunteer for me. thank you again for helping us the help the future of tomorrow...warm jammies on a cold night are memorable for us all.... thank you again

Cynthia31

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What a great organization! The Pajama Program makes it so easy to have a big impact in a child's life. Warm, clean pj's on a cold night or fresh, crisp pj's on a hot night--either way thousands of foster kids go to sleep knowing that people care and love them.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is the most amazing program. The grouops gather new pajamas and books for disadvantaged children. They donate them to groups who are assisting disadvantaged children--homeless, financially poor areas, etc...Our church houses homeless families every Friday afternoon through Sunday night. It is an amazing feeling when you can give a child a brand new pair of pajamas and a book on their reading level. a light goes off in their faces. There are lots of tears and thank yous for the children and their parents who receive this amazing gift. It is a wonderul organization and they touch the hearts of the children. For a time, they enjoy the new pajamas and book and feel that things are better for them. I love helping them out and seeing the wonderful smiles. They serve all ages of children from newborns through young adults. Simply amazing! Karol Warden, Loveland, Ohio

Cassi Equal Rights R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been able to both help read to the children and help pack pajamas and books. I feel that Pajama Program is providing a wonderful service to children in need need and am happy to have volunteered and will continue to volunteer every chance that I get.

Being there during a reading party, it was easy to see how meaningful it was for the children to receive brand new books and brand new pajamas. I personally believe in this program and hope that it continues to grow and make a difference in as many children's lives as possible.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I organize my office's volunteer activities, and this organization came to our attention last year through a well known bar association. I have organized readings that have been attended by lawyers in my office, and every volunteer has raved about this program. The Pajama Program provides an extraordinary service for children whose lives are so difficult. It reminds us that only a few hours of our time can touch these children's lives -- and of course we all wish we could do more. The program is extremely well organized, and the staff is sensitive to the needs of the children and the volunteers.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

For four years I have volunteered at the Pajama Program, working beside
the dedicated staff and other volunteers, opening the many boxes of pjs and books that are donated and then having the pleasure of seeing them
sent to the thousands of children in need around the country. I have also
participated in the reading parties for local children. To see their faces
light up as they hug their new pjs and books is a "natural high" that I
will never forget. Keep up the great worki!!
Gloria Russell

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a truly great program from beginning to end. Everyone involved genuinely cares about the children who participate. And the children...they look forward to everything from reading the books to the presentation of a brand new pair of pjs. As a volunteer, I feel totally blessed to be a part of such a wonderful organization. By the end of the session, you feel totally connected to the children. I wish I could donate more of my time to this worthwhile cause!!! Kudos to all !!!

Melissa E.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Pajama Program does good work and does it well. As a volunteer, I've had the opportunity to work with the children, and I've seen how they light up during the story reading as well as when they receive new pajamas. As a general helper, I've worked with the dedicated staff. They are well organized, do an amazing amount with their resources and are great (and a great deal of fun) to work with.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer with the Pajama Program I have realized how much effort goes into this program. I volunteer as a reader and sorter and packer of donations. It is so wonderful to be involved with people who really care about children's well being.

Lauren S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Pajama Program is run by loving people who are passionate about helping children. Participating in their reading party was one of the most joyous and rewarding volunteer experiences I've ever had! They do wonderful, important work to let children know someone cares about them.

Mary W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Pajama Program is a wonderful organization to work with as a volunteer. Everything we need in the way of resources we need to conduct our drives is provided either on the web site or through personal contact with the New York office. The personal satisfaction level is high because we get to see first-hand how the gifts of pajamas and books impact the children and families we serve. I love being part of this effort and plan to make it a life-time part of my volunteer service.

Sarah H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

II have volunteered with the Pajama Program for the last 3 years and have loved it! My husband and I were in the adoption process when I first became involved with this organization because I wanted a way to help children in need while waiting to adopt. I get thank you notes all the time from various organizations we donated items to and feel that we are really making a difference. Donating new pajamas and books seems so simple and not like a huge thing, but I have seen for myself that it is a huge thing.