Project Bedtime and a Who
In the fall I found a great idea for my winter community project: Project Bedtime. I set a goal to put together 40 bedtime packages for Roseville Home Start. The packages would include a pair of pajamas, toothbrush, toothpaste and book or small keepsake item. There's something comforting about new pajamas and I'm always excited to have a new pair. But would children enjoy them as much as I do? That question was answered when I talked it over with my family and my 13-year-old stepdaughter said, "I've never had new pajamas. That would be so cool." While her dad pointed out to her that she had, in fact, had new pajamas in her short life, I realized that this was a good project after all!
Roseville Home Start successfully transitions homeless families into affordable, sustainable permanent housing and self-sufficiency, through a system of housing and support services that is comprehensive, flexible, accessible and accountable.
Then I became sick. Fighting off infection for over a month, all I wanted to do was sleep. My project didn't quite have the energy behind it I'd planned and 40 packages seemed like a stretch. Deciding to go ahead with it, I sent out an email to my co-workers. I underestimated their generosity! With one week left of my pajama drive, we've already gathered 44 pairs of pajamas with more promised.
My heart is filled with so much joy and gratitude knowing that my Escape Family will be lighting up the faces of children in our community.
Next up on my to-do list? Finally make it in to be fingerprinted so I can facilitate parenting workshops for Roseville Home Start!