Thursday, August 1, 2013

Project Night Night Information

At our June, 2013 meeting, CLMQG members agreed to accept Project Night Night as our charity focus for this membership year (May, 2013 - April, 2014). Laura Watts, our Charity Chief, distributed the following information to members and guests at our July, 2013 meeting. Please contact her at ljbenz2003 (at) yahoo (dot) com if you have further questions about the program and/or to let her know that you are working on a quilt to donate. Laura is hoping that as a group we can donate 10 quilts every other month :)

Thank you so much for your support of this wonderful organization!!

Project Night Night gives children in homeless shelters comfort, security, and access to educational materials by providing free Night Night Packages to youngsters aged 12 and under. Each Night Night Package includes a child’s very own security blanket, stuffed animal and book – all nestled inside of a new canvas tote bag.

What size should the blankets be?

We ask people to imagine a young child toting a blanket. Ideally, blankets should be “crib size” or smaller. The blanket needs to be compact enough to nestle aside a stuffed animal and a book in our canvas tote bag. Frequent blanket dimensions on are 40" x 50" or 50" x 60", but we are happy to receive smaller blankets and lovies. Batting and fabric should be 100% cotton.

Do you accept gently used stuffed animals and books?
Yes. Project Night Night does accept books and stuffed animals in “like-new condition.” All donated items should be top quality ("good enough to give as a gift").

Please remember, the children whom we serve rarely, if ever, receive new items. Our goal is for them to feel special and loved. New product is the best way to ensure success.

Can the blankets and stuffed animals be handmade?
Yes. Project Night Night is happy to receive handmade items! There is nothing more special than an item that was especially made for a child with care. Batting and fabric should be 100% cotton.

What are the size requirements for the stuffed animals?

The stuffed animals should be no larger than 18” in order to properly fit inside of our tote bag. The ideal stuffed animals would be “snuggle size”. Please do not use tiny stuffed animals. It isn’t fair if some children receive full sized stuffed animals while other receive only “mini” ones

Are there any other restrictions?
Please no Beanie Babies or similar tiny friends. No books or stuffed animals with battery compartments. No stuffed animals that make noises -such as singing, reciting prayers, etc. No commemorative stuffed animals with years sewn on them

You can read more about Project Night Night here.

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