BENEFITING: Pajama Program, Inc.
ORGANIZER: Pajama Program, Inc.
EVENT DATE: Oct 31, 2016
Pajama Program, Inc. wrote -
I have been working at Pajama Program since 2014. This always was and has been more than a job to me. I see the children who come into our Reading Center every day and I hear the traumatic stories that many of them go through.
Many of these children are between 4-11 years old. They are living in group homes and shelters. Many have been separated from their parents. I remember my mom and dad tucking me in to read a bedtime story. I remember changing into a warm pair of pajamas to help me go to bed. My parents, new pajamas and a book to read was my bedtime. Many of these children are robbed of this sweet, loving bedtime. Pajama Program strives to return this bedtime to these children.
Funds raised through the Marathon will help ensure that every child can go to bed with proper sleepwear and a book to read, feeling loved and cared for.
A few months ago, I held a baby for the first time. I held a baby for the first time at the Administration for Children's Services. These are the same children Pajama Program serves. This baby was separated from her mom days after coming into this world. These children need love and warmth at bedtime, their most vulnerable time.
The impact of an investment with Pajama Program is profound: More than 92% of our funds go directly to our mission. We have given over 4,000,000 children a new book and a new pair of pajamas.
A new pair of pajamas and a new book gives many of them their first two new items to call their own. It gives them the basic necessities of something to wear at bedtime, and a book to read. It gives them the love of reading through our reading sessions.
I will be walking the NYC Marathon, because I am terrible at running. However, I will Walk for everything that is important to me, and 26.2 miles is a lot of walking.
A contribution of any amount would be greatly appreciated. A gift of any amount is significant!
Thank you for your kindness and generosity!