On April 22nd, 2013 over 21,000 children in NYC alone will spend the night in a municipal shelter, possibly in the jeans they wore that day, and sleep in a bed that isn’t their own.
However, thanks to the work of the Pajama Program, millions of children across the country living in shelters, group homes and temporary housing are receiving a warm pair of pajamas to wear to bed and a book to read…things that I don’t need.
Despite the popularity of Taylor Swift’s hit single, around February I started to think that 22 would be a fairly boring birthday, especially after one as momentous as 21. Don’t get me wrong - I’m sure the entire year will be great, with the whole “graduating and entering the real world” thing - it’s just the day that I don’t really need. When I saw a friend of mine dedicate her birthday to charity:water, I was inspired to do something similar, but with an organization that worked with underprivileged youth in the United States. After searching the Internet for a couple of hours, I came across the Pajama Program and it seemed like a perfect fit, especially since pajamas and books are two of my favorite things. I went on to create a fundraising page for my birthday and slowly started to spread it around online. Now with the big day exactly 2 weeks away, I’d like this page and this cause to spread a little quicker.
My goal is to raise $222 (get it?) and I need your help. A gift of just $10 gives a pair of pajamas and a book to a child in need somewhere in the United States. Please help me celebrate the 1 year anniversary of my 21st birthday with a gift to the Pajama Program and share this post with those who care as much I do. Together, we can help over 20 children this month!