pay it forward

For some women get away from it all doesn’t mean a vacation. An escape is just that. It means digging deep and finding the courage, resources and support to leave a home that is no longer safe for them and their children. They often leave with nothing and when it comes time to go to sleep many just pull a blanket over the clothes they wore that day.

Perhaps a mother wants and needs to create a better life for herself and is temporarily having trouble coping. She takes her children to a place where they can be safe while she works things out.There are many women and many children in crisis. There are many stories and needs, around the world, and here in our own communities. Each year thousands are exposed to family violence and poverty.

Helene and her daughter Lisa Brown, founded The Pajama Project in 2009. With your help they have been helping mothers help their children have a better bedtime. Putting on a new pair of cozy pajamas makes them feel safe, secure and loved. The warmth they feel is felt deep into the heart. An act as simple as giving a new pair of pajamas to a child in crisis can make the end of a hard day a little softer at a time in their lives when they feel most vulnerable.

Thank you for your incredibly generous donation of more than 100 pairs of pajamas for the orphanage in Haiti. You have given many of these kids their first new pair of pajamas ever, and in some cases, their first new outfit of clothing. I wasn’t there in Haiti to help hand out the gifts, but the photo’s said it all: a big group of incredibly happy kids. Thank you from me, and from my friends Chris and Leone who delivered them.

Shelley Boettcher

Writer and Author

Staying in a new place can be scary for these young ones, they don’t pack or bring any of their personal belongings. Pajamas are much needed and you have helped make their stay a little more comfortable, keeping them warm in their bed and helping them sleep tight at night. Your generousity is accepted with gratitude, both from the staff and the women and children we work to provide safety and healing to.

Emma MacIsaac

Manager Fund Development, Childrens Cottage Society

We are sending you a heart-felt thank you for your thoughtful and generous donation of PJ’s from your Pajama Project to Kids Kottage. This is incredibly encouraging to us and means so much to the precious clients we serve each day. It takes an entire community to raise a child and we want to thank you again for your amazing support and doing your part to keep kids safe and to strengthen families, the very fibre of our community.

Lori Reiter

Executive Director, Kids Kottage Foundation

Many of our residents struggle with homelessness, abuse and/or addiction and life’s daily needs for their children such as food, water, shelter and clothing were not met. The pajamas you have provided brought much joy to the children and their mothers. Your Pajama Project is a shining example of how we can make a difference in our neighbourhoods, our cities and our country.

Lorena Greig

Director of Fund Development, Edmonton Dream Center