There is nothing more important to a growing child than a good night’s sleep. Luckily for my mother, I was sleeping the whole night through from the moment she brought me home. Thankfully, I’ve continued to be an easy sleeper. Don’t let that fool you into thinking that my life is unnecessarily (or undeservedly) easy. I worry, stress, and fidget plenty; it’s just that my body naturally turns to sleep as a means of coping, not just rejuvenating. Sleep for me is a natural fight against my depression and mild anxiety — I can usually wake up refreshed, even if I’m hesitating to get started.
But because I’ve always had such an easy time falling to sleep, it piqued my attention when Meredith Vieira featured the non-profit Project Night Night on the Something You Should Know segment of her show last Thursday (Oct. 9).
From the official web site:
Helping Homeless Children Have Sweeter Dreams…
Project Night Night donates over 25,000 Night Night Packages each year, free of charge, to homeless children who need our childhood essentials to feel secure, cozy, ready to learn, and significant. Each Night Night Package contains a new security blanket, an age-appropriate children’s book, and a stuffed animal — all nestled inside of a new canvas tote bag. By providing objects of reliable comfort, Project Night Night reduces trauma and advances the emotional and cognitive well-being of the children we serve.
Every child who receives one of our Night Night Packages leaves the shelter owning a book which encourages reading and family bonding, a security blanket which can be cuddled, and a stuffed animal which can become a cherished friend. We have one objective – to deliver our Night Night Packages to every homeless child in the country who needs one.
What an amazing organization and selfless need to meet. Homelessness is a tragic and equal-opportunity problem that faces every nation on the globe. With all the abandoned buildings just catching vines in this nation alone, it absolutely stupefies me how anyone is going without a roof over their head. Be sure to double-check their donation checklist and only send what meets their needs. Money would probably be the best gift for now, but they do accept “like-new” items, again, that meet their requirements. Help a kid get a good night’s rest, especially since it isn’t in their own bed.