Foster children are often removed from their homes with just the clothes on their back. Separated from family and familiar faces, their first nights in a new home can feel scary and uncertain — but a new pair of colorful, cozy pajamas can offer comfort, warmth and a sense of hope.
Help make the nighttime a little easier for local foster kids by hosting your own Mattress Firm Foster Kids Pajama Drive. It’s an easy way to give back to your community while leaving the heavy lifting of planning and promotion to us.
Read on for more details and information about how to get started.
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Get the word out about your drive by talking to friends, neighbors, family and coworkers.
Hang posters in high-traffic areas or distribute to potential donors at gatherings.
Get the word out by talking about your collection drive at staff meetings, kids’ soccer games, community events or religious gatherings. Post an announcement in your office newsletter or slip the information into a meeting agenda.
Designate a central location for collecting donations, whether it’s your home, a community center or the lobby at work. Make sure to clearly mark containers for donation drop-offs.
If a cash donation is preferred, consider starting a personal campaign on our website and asking friends, family and co-workers to donate online via your fundraising page.
Provide us with your name, contact information and a brief explanation of your efforts, and we’ll share your story of generosity on Facebook and on our website. Sharing your story will help to inspire other members of the community to get involved while also giving you the recognition you deserve for your contributions. We all help make a difference!
To: Friends, family, co-workers, neighbors, PTA
Subject: Help foster kids stay cozy in new pajamas!
Do you remember your favorite pair of PJs as a kid? I know I do. I had soft footie PJs designed in my favorite colors and cartoon characters. Unfortunately for foster children entering foster care, familiar comfort items like cozy new pajamas can be a luxury that they miss out on.
That’s why I’m supporting the Mattress Firm Pajama Drive for Foster Kids this year. With the help of non-profit foster care partners, the Mattress Firm Foster Kids program takes in donations and distributes them to foster children in need. My goal is to collect [INSERT NUMBER] pairs of new pajamas for children of various ages and sizes, and I need your help.
Simply drop off a pair of new pajamas in any size — from infant to adult — at [INSERT LOCATION], and I will take the donations to Mattress Firm. While I personally enjoy shopping and finding great deals online — even buying a few extra items for foster kids — I understand that shopping isn’t for everyone. You can also donate online, and your gift will be used to provide foster children with special services and programs.
Let me know if you have any questions.
Remember your favorite footie pajamas? I know I do! Join me in helping ensure local foster children enjoy the same comforting memories by donating to the Mattress Firm Foster Kids Pajama Drive. I would like to collect [INSERT GOAL NUMBER] pairs of new pajamas for kids of various ages and sizes. I’m collecting donations at [INSERT DROP-OFF LOCATION] through 4/28.
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