Little Hands Connected
"Where little hands do BIG things!"
"Where little hands do BIG things!"
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PAJAMA MISSION

“What are these?” ...

This was not a question from a child on a school trip to a museum, but from Maria, a child in a shelter who was holding for the first time a new pair of pajamas. When finally convinced that she could take off the clothes she wore all day and sleep in the pajamas she said, “you mean I can keep these for the rest of my life?”

From experiences like this, Pajama Program, a 501(c)(3) founded in 2001, was created. Pajama Program serves children throughout the nation with 60 Chapters in 33 States. Thousands of pajamas and books are being provided to children in desperate need of comfort and care. The pajamas have come to represent people who care, and they offer security and love for a child abandoned in a shelter or waiting for a foster home. The books complete a nighttime ritual that so many of us took for granted… when Mom or Dad said, “okay get your pajamas on and I’ll be right in to read you a story.” Children in transition seldom hear these comforting words.


To continue to expand, and help children like Maria,
the Pajama Program needs support.
  


Pajama Program Mission:

Pajama Program provides new pajamas and new books to children in need nationwide, many of whom are waiting to be adopted. These children live in group homes, shelters and temporary housing facilities and are shuffled often from one place to another. Many of them have been abandoned, abused or neglected. Most of these children have never enjoyed the simple comfort of having a parent tuck them in at bedtime with warm, clean pajamas and a bedtime story. Some of the children are living with their families below the poverty level, in desperate need of food, clothing and shelter. These two simple gifts of pajamas and books let the children know that someone cares - sometimes these are the only new things they have ever received



Who Are Our Children?

  • Children in need ranging from newborn to age 18.
  • Children who are living 200% below the poverty level.
  • Children of teenage pregnancies with parents who struggle to take care of them.
  • Children who are homeless and living in shelters.
  • Children who come to the shelter without any clothing or belongings.
  • Children in foster care.
  • Children who are youth of incarcerated parents.
  • Children who have been physically or emotionally abused and neglected.
  • Children who are emotionally traumatized.
  • Children who have been abandoned.
  • Children who are in head start programs.

In order to continue their mission, the Pajama Program needs support...
Here's how your "Little Hands" can do BIG things!... 




How Can I Help?  


The Plan: HOW do I get started? 

1. Choose from the Mission ideas below 
 
2. Email us at info@littlehandsconnected.com with your child's first name, chosen mission, and expected completion date 

3. Get started... help your child create their letter, write their "script," and/or decorate Pajama Drive boxes

4. Get busy delivering letters, making calls, and dropping off boxes! Take pictures of your child in action, working on their chosen mission.  

5. Visit the Pajama Program website at www.pajamaprogram.org to let them know you have a donation and find out where you can drop off your donations. 

6. Once your mission is complete, email us at info@littlehandsconnected.com so we can mark your mission as complete and celebrate your mission success!!! 


PAJAMA DRIVE MISSION IDEAS
1. STREET COLLECTION
A street collection is always a great way to collect donations, and you don't just have to do the street you live on!  If you have recently done a street drive, consider picking a different street to reach out to.  Maybe there is a street that a friend lives on, or maybe there is a Grandparent who doesn't live too far away!  Wouldn't your friend or family member be excited to find a letter from you saying that you are doing a pajama collection on their street to help others!  To get started on this mission, click on the Little Hands Connected "HOW CAN I GET CONNECTED" link.  Apply those steps to your Pajama Drive Mission!  

2. FRIENDS & FAMILY TELETHON: 

When Ollie and Abby were raising money for the "Jump Rope for heart" fundraiser, they did a Friends & Family Telethon!  We wrote a "script" together explaining what they were doing, who they was helping, and how that friend or family member could help their mission be a success.  Having a script to follow helped both Ollie & Abby to remember all of the important information they wanted to share.  Ollie & Abby were collecting money to donate to JumpRope for Heart.  You will be collecting money to purchase pajamas that you will then donate to the Pajama Program, to help children in need!  What a great feeling it will be for you to collect the money, and then to shop for pajamas to keep children in need warm at night.

Friends & Family Telethon Steps! 

A. Create a script -  Include your Mission, who you are helping, & how your friend or family member can support you ($5 or $10 donation, or whatever they would like to give)

     

B. Take all of the monetary donations collected and go shopping for pajamas to donate to the Pajama Program.  Be sure  to check those prices and use coupons to make the money you collected goes as far as possible!     

    

C. Write a thank you note or draw a thank you picture! - Make copies and mail to the people who supported your missionInclude what you used their donation for... (ex: Thank you! you helped me purchase pajamas for a child in need!)



3. DROP BOX COLLECTION

 A Drop box collection is another fun way to get involved and help others!  This is a great activity for any age! 

 

Drop Box Collection Steps!

 

A. Help your child create a letter to attach to the box or boxes.  See the "Ollie's Letter" link for ideas and remember to include where the pajamas will be donated - Pajama Program to help children in need.

   

B. Get a big box and have fun decorating it!  Have your child draw pictures of pajamas!  Have them paste or tape those pictures to the collection boxes. On a large piece poster board, write PAJAMA DRIVE! Let your child write it if they can!   

    

C. Ask local places that you visit if you can leave a collection box there. Consider choosing a place where your child takes classes - dance studio, karate, etc...




4. SCHOOL DRIVE: PAJAMA COLLECTION:   
Here's a fun way to get your whole school involved!  

School Drive Steps!

A. Speak to your principal, H&S president, or the "community service team" at your school. Let them know that you would like to organize a Pajama Drive to support the Pajama Program. Share with them the information at the top of this page to explain a little about the Pajama Program and the children that will benefit from your mission.  

B. Ask if you can have a "Wear A PAIR, BRING A PAIR" Pajama Day at your school.  On this Pajama Day, students wear their pajamas and bring a brand new pair of PJs to donate. Ask if you can do it on a Friday... it's a super fun way to end the week! 

C. Create a collection box to put in the main entrance of your school so people will be reminded to donate, and can make additional donations all week long.  

D. After your collection is complete, visit the Pajama Program website to report your collection and schedule your pajama drop off.

This is a fun team mission - a great way to get the whole school involved, collect A LOT of Pajamas for children in need, and to raise awareness about the service that the Pajama Program provides so more people can get involved and help! 


If everyone does a little, as a team, we can do A LOT!