One of the things I love about my local team Grunt Girl Racing, is it’s more than a source of training, more than a source of support, more than access to discounts. Grunt Girl Racing gives back to the community and one of the ways is through supporting Project Night Night.
In my own words…Project Night Night is an organization where you take a small stuffed animal, a book and a blanket. You place all of these items in a designated Project Night Night bag and the bag is given to a child in need. Who are the children in need? Children who have found themselves homeless for any variety of reasons, and they need something in this world to call their own. A sense of “normal”, a sense of “calm” while the rest of their world may be upside down.
Taken from the official website:
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.
Project Night Night is a tax exempt charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service code. We work with over 10,000 volunteers each year, and we are the leading provider of nighttime comforts for homeless children.
Wednesday evening myself and about 10 total team members gathered around boxes of donated items and began sorting. We sorted books by age appropriateness and then together we paired animals with books with blankets, trying to create a trifecta of happiness. Some of my favorite matches included a stuffed dalmatian with a firetruck story, a monkey with a book about a monkey and a yellow blanket, as well as the “Going on a Bear Hunt” book with an adorable stuffed teddy bear.
At the end of the night we had created over 50 packages! GG get together a few times a year to create the packages and donates them throughout the Cleveland and Akron areas.
If Project Night Night sounds like something you would like to get involved with, don’t worry you don’t need a team or group! Any individual person can contribute. Head on over to their webpage or Facebook page for more information or to simply let them know you support their efforts. The website is super helpful, with written instructions and video on what to include in the bag, how to get the special Project Night Night bags, and a listing of local shelters if you are not sure where to take your packages.
Do you train with local groups? Do they try to give back to the community? Do you like to volunteer on your own?