The Pajama Program At Work For Tennessee Kids For many underprivileged children, nighttime often means a hard end to an equally harder day. Many go to bed wearing their street clothes day after day. These youngsters may not know the comforts of a mother or father to tuck them into a cozy bed and read to them a bedtime story. Too many have been abandoned or deprived of any love at all. Our mission is to provide a loving environment for children who have lived through a great deal of hurt in their young lives, to give them hope for a better tomorrow. The Pajama Program identifies agencies in Tennessee who are helping children in need, many who are waiting to be adopted. We have given away over 1500 pair of new pajamas and over 300 new books since 2007. We currently serve: Mercy Children’s Clinic, Franklin proud member of the Williamson County Advocacy Center, (serving five counties) Youth Encouragement Services, Nashville Grace Pregnancy Resource Center, Nashville Better Business Bureau Against The Grain, Franklin The Pajama Program meets Family Affair, Nashville the Better Business Bureau's 20 Agape Child & Family Services Inc, Memphis charity standards the highest Tennessee Baptist Children’s Home, Nashville ranking for non-profits! Davidson County Foster Care, Nashville The need is great an ongoing! The list of agencies is growing and will continue to as needs are made known. Together we can make a difference in the bedtime experience of one child at a time, and in turn make a difference for a lifetime. In February Pajama Program of Tennessee collaborated with Angel Food Ministries to provide new pajamas, food and other needed items for those who were affected by the recent tornados. The Pajama Program, a 501©3 not-for-profit organization was founded in New York in 2001 to serve abandoned, neglected, and forgotten children. The mission is now carried out in 58 Chapter in the U.S. States, as well as Australia, Canada, and most recently Africa. Learn more now at pajamaprogram.org. Nancy John President, Pajama Program Tennessee Chapter I am honored to be the Tennessee Chapter President for Pajama Program. The desire to do so came from the wonderful memories that I have had as a child snuggled down in bed with my favorite pajamas and story book. As I thought of my own happy childhood, I was led in my heart to children who do not have that same experience, and it broke my heart. But with my sorrow rose excitement that if I could give pajamas and a good story book to just one child then I would change the memory for that one precious life forever. I look forward with anticipation and joy in reaching Tennessee children and teens with the opportunity in sharing with them the gift of compassion and love so they too can sleep in peace and comfort in a beautiful new pair of pajamas, And most importantly, they would know what a treasure they are to God.” Your Support is essential in providing sweet dreams for children The Pajama Program depends on the generous support of volunteers, supporters, event hosts, pajama drive sponsors, and of course donating cozy new pajamas, and new books. If you are interested in supporting Pajama Program, or donating new pajamas and or new books, please contact Nancy John, Tennessee Chapter, 615-440-8064 or email [email protected] C O M PA N Y SPOTLIGHT PrayerJammiesTM is a Christian-based apparel company based out of Nashville, TN that has been working with Pajama Program since January 2008. They sell prayedthemed sleepwear that has insiprational prayers printed on the pajamas. They have worked with Pajama Program donating sets of their pajamas as well as offering their pajamas at wholesale costs to people or companies who want to buy them to donate to Pajama Program. Pajama Program and PrayerJammiesTM make a great team as they both want to make an impact on children that are less fortunate and at the same time offer inspiration of prayer which is useful in a time of need. For information on ordering these adorable pajamas for donation please contact Nancy John at 615-440-8064 or email: [email protected] April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. PCAT puts together an informational packet that is distributed to various agencies and individuals throughout Tennessee. The packet contains excellent information about what can be done about child abuse. Prevent Child Abuse Tennessee website: www.pcat.org New Pajama and New Books Drop Off Site: (Businesses to bring your donations of new books and pajamas) Signs By Tomorrow Signs & Graphics Nationwide 99 Seaboard Lane | Brentwood, TN 37027 Phone: 615-661-0556 | www.signsbytomorrow.com/brentwood Mon-Fri 8:30-5:30pm The Sad Facts for Tennessee • Approximately 25,000 children were abused last year • Over 10,000 children are currently in Foster Care • 80 percent of abuse and neglect is from someone in the child’s immediate family. • Davidson County Ranks as the second highest county for child abuse in the state Source: Kids Count Where do I wear these? She asked. I answered, “To bed at night.” She looked at me puzzled. “What do you usually wear to bed?” I asked her. “My pants,” she said quietly. I looked at the suddenly far too small selection of pajamas that I had brought and my heart sank. This will never do. We need more...much much more.” From Genevieve Piturro, Pajama Program founder This was a conversation she had with a child who was in a center for children with no fathers and whose mothers were in jail. Making A Difference What a joy it has been to bless our children with the gift of pajamas during their visits! Young children’s faces light up when they are offered a pair of new pajamas generously donated by the Pajama Program. It’s just another way that Mercy Children’s Clinic has been a channel of the mercy of Jesus in this community.” From all of us at here at Mercy, Thanks, Nancy! Q. What ages of children does Pajama Program give new pajamas to? A. We give new pajamas to children in need from newborns to teens. Q. Who gets the new pajamas and books? A. The Pajama Program identifies agencies in Tennessee are who are helping children in need. We have given away over 1500 pair of new pajamas and over 300 new books since 2007. Q. What is Pajama Program greatest need? A. Our greatest need is to always have an ample supply of new cozy pajamas to give. We need all sizes for both boys and girls. Q. Do you need new books? A. We always need good new children’s books; we are currently low on our inventory of new books.
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