The Pajama Project

For some women get away from it all doesn’t mean a vacation. An escape is just that. It means digging deep and finding the courage, resources and support to leave a situation of family violence and a home that is no longer safe for TPPfinalthem and their children.  They often leave with nothing and when it comes time to go to sleep many just pull a blanket over the clothes they wore that day.

There are many women and children in crisis. There are many stories and many needs. Each year thousands here in our own communities are exposed to family violence, poverty and homelessness.

Perhaps a mother wants and needs to create a better life for herself and her children and is temporarily having trouble coping. She takes her children to a place where they can be safe while she works things out.

Since 2009 Helene and her daughter Lisa Brown have been helping mothers help their children here at home and as far away as Haiti who are living in shelters, group homes or temporary housing have a better bedtime by providing  new pajamas for their children. They have donated thousands of pairs of pajamas.

Thank you for your incredibly generous donation of more than 100 pairs of pajamas for the orphanage in Haiti. You have given many of these kids their first new pair of pajamas ever, and in some cases, their first new outfit of clothing. I wasn’t there in Haiti to help hand out the gifts, but the photos said it all: a big group of incredibly happy kids. Thank you from me, and from my friends Chris and Leonie, who delivered them.

Shelley Boettcher, Writer and author.

Putting on a new pair of cozy pajamas makes them feel safe, secure and loved. The warmth they feel is felt deep into the heart.  An act as simple giving a new pair of pajamas to a child in crisis can help make the end of a hard day a little softer at a time in their lives when they feel most vulnerable.

 “In times of crisis when children visit our Crisis Nursery, they do not pack a bag or bring any of their personal belongings. This is why your donation of pajamas are so important to the SleepingChildren’s Cottage. These items are much needed and provide them with the things they would have expected at home. Staying in a new place can sometimes be scary for these young ones, but because of your donation you have helped make their stay a little more comfortable, keeping them warm in their bed and helping them sleep tight at night. Once again, thank you for your help. through your generosity, you have made a real difference in the lives of vulnerable children in our community.”

Emma MacIsaac, Manager Fund Development, Children’s Cottage Society.

Send some love to the women and children in your area:

♥ Have a Pajama Drive or Benefit Party with your community or group.PajamaPile

♥ Host a Pajama Party for grown-up girls and ask friends to bring a pair of pajamas to donate.

♥ Teach your children about giving at a kids sleepover or birthday party.

Support an organization in your area that supports children in crisis by giving them the pajamas you have collected.  Contact us to find out how you can make a difference.


RedheadsYour generous contribution of pajamas is accepted with gratitude, both from staff of the Shelter and the women and children we work to provide safety, hope and healing for. Without the amazing support of people like you, Rowan House would not be able to support and protect the women and children of the rural Foothills.

Sherrie Botten, Executive Director, Rowan House Emergency Shelter

HuggingWe are sending you a heartfelt thank you for your thoughtful and generous donation of PJ’s from your Pajama Project to Kids Kottage. This is incredibly encouraging to us and means so much to the precious clients we serve each day. It takes an entire community to raise a child and we want to thank you again for doing your part to keep kids safe and to strengthen families, the very fiber of our community.

Lori Reiter, Executive Director, Kids Kottage Foundation

sittingAs you know many of our residents struggle with homelessness, abuse and/or addiction and life’s daily needs for their children such as food, water, shelter and clothing were not met. The pajamas you have provided brought much joy to the children and their mothers. Your Pajama Project is a shining example of how we can make a difference in our neighbourhoods, our cities and our country.

Lerena Greig, Director of Fund Development, Edmonton Dream Centre