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Park City, UT, United States
Keeping busy with one thing or another.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Project Night Night

I saw this in my mom's blog and thought I would share it as well. 

Project Night Night is a nonprofit that provides homeless children with a blanket, stuffed animal and book to help provide some reliable comfort.  I have to say that if there is anyone in the world who knows how comforting a blanket can be, it is me.  So I plan on helping out and ask anyone else who can help to do so.

"There are approximately 298,000 homeless families in the United States.* Currently, there are more homeless children in the U.S. than at any other time since the Great Depression. Nonetheless, family homelessness often goes unseen as most homeless families do not live on the street.** Instead, most homeless families are transient, living in shelters, in cars, in hotels in the city’s poorest neighborhoods, or staying with friends or family members.*** These environmental stresses negatively influence a child’s early experiences and often lead to an increase in mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, poor sleep habits, and behavioral issues."

"To ease the anxiety associated with shelter living, Project Night Night distributes Night Night Packages to homeless children ages 0-10. Each Night Night Package includes an age-appropriate book, a baby blanket which can be cuddled, and a stuffed animal which can become a cherished friend. Finding comfort is vitally important for children in order to feel secure, loved, and valued – even in the midst of the upheaval and uncertainty attendant to homelessness."

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