Many homeless and underprivileged children do not get to experience the same 'normal' as their peers. Although a lot of their necessary needs are met, many children go to bed in the same clothes they spent their day wearing. This can affect their sleep and even their self esteem.
In fact, most elementary schools in our area host a special "pajama day" where children are invited to wear their favorite PJs for the day. How fun! However, some children do not participate; not because they don't want to, but likely because they do not own a fitted pair of pajamas.
Founders Debbie Vehr & Valarie Ross have joined together and created Promise Pajamas to reach out to these children in the greater Charlotte area with a gift of a brand new pair of pajamas.
Romans 8:39 tells us that "nothing in all creation can separate us from God's love". With help and donations from the local community, it is our desire for each and every child to feel warm and fully wrapped in the promise of God's never ending love for them through this gift of new pajamas.
Thompson Child & Family
"On behalf of Friends of the Children-Charlotte, I want to share our deepest appreciation for your generous gift. Our young leaders truly enjoyed receiving their pajamas. It was such a beautiful surprise- especially during this time. Covid-19 has exasperated many of the challenges that historically marginalized communities were already facing. While our youth confront zoom fatigue and their caregivers face unforeseen circumstances (like cut wages, health expenses, etc.), your act of kindness helped lift their spirits. Thank you so much for supporting our work in this way. These comfy and cozy pajama presents helped our professional mentors deepen their longstanding relationship with our young children and their families. Can't thank you enough!"
"WOW! Thank you for the amazing pajamas! We were so blessed to distribute them."
-- From the year-end update: "... 60 children of CARE clients received Christmas gifts, new pajamas & socks on behalf of their mothers who are currently or recently incarcerated ..."
"We are so very thankful for the donations that we received during December. The children and parents were excited to be given the cool pajamas for the kids during that time. We had about 13 Families and only a fraction of them were working at that time. It was a great stress relief to have such generosity from Promise Pajamas. The kids created Thank You cards for the donors and we are always honored to be a part of such great organizations that want to give back. I thought it was even sweeter to see the kids running around in the evening right before bed in their new little PJs! I think the parents were a little jealous (lol). Again, we thank you so very much and look forward to continuing to work with you all in the upcoming months!!"
"Watching the children in their new pajamas on Christmas morning was a delight for all of us. Their excitement about their new pajamas increased the joy at Turning Point that morning."
Supportive Housing Communities
"We handed out the pajamas with the holiday gifts last year and it was an overwhelmingly wonderful surprise. Last year all the children received a build-a-bear stuffed animal. It was agreed that there is nothing better then to snuggle up with new pajamas and a soft build-a-bear. Thank you so much for the donation of pajamas. This is a great way to experience comfort at home."