Every so often, social media leads to me to something brand new that is so compelling, for whatever reason, that I have to act on it. Sometimes, I make purchases just because I saw something on Instagram. Other times, I see an event that I want to check out (yes, marketing to me works well on social!) and sometimes, it’s a good cause that catches my eye.
That’s how I found out about Good Night Project here in Ottawa. Somewhere along they way I saw them on Instagram or Facebook or through someone else’s account and I wanted to learn more.
The program puts together packages for children who are at Chrysalis House (a shelter for women and their children escaping violence and abuse) in Ottawa’s West end. The package contains comforting items – a book, a blanket and a stuffie and are donated to kids of all ages.
I chatted with Janet who runs the program and it was something she started from her home because she saw a need. So, she collects donations (cash or items – knitted or new blankets, new stuffed animals, new or gently used books) and packages them up to donate. The idea is to provide comfort to kids going through a difficult time. They leave Chrysalis House with their items too.
Donations (although currently tax receipts aren’t issued, this is a project full of love and voluntary time) are accepted to put together the packages, or you can create your own. I purchased Beanie Boos (because I know how popular they are with my own kids!) and neutral looking blankets that I found (I liked that they are cozy but don’t look too young either for toddlers or school aged kids) and grabbed a couple gently used books to make up two packages to donate from my own family.
If you want to contribute, you can contact Good Night Project and they’ll provide details. Monetary donations are of course accepted and helps purchase items that are needed most. If you are collecting items for a holiday campaign this year, this might be a great fit.
Visit their social media for more details. In the meantime, I’ll be arranging to give our packages to Good Night Project. Unfortunately, the need is there, and I hope these items can provide some comfort. Thank you Janet for this project.