As part of Project Night Night, a national organization whose mission is to provide comfort to homeless and underprivileged children, new baby-sized blankets are being collected during April to be put into tote bags that will go to the Huntington City Mission, Branches domestic violence shelter and the Ronald McDonald House, according to Elizabeth Sheets, director of the Marshall Office of Community Engagement.
Tote bags, each filled with a new stuffed toy, blanket and book, will be distributed to those agencies. The age range is from infant to 10 years old. Donations can be dropped off at the Community Engagement Office in room 2W23 in the Memorial Student Center.
There was a drive to collect stuffed toys during March and those donations are still being welcomed, Sheets said. While the concentration is to collect blankets during April and books during May, any of these items can be donated at any time.
Sheets says she saw an article about Project Night Night in a magazine about a year ago and as the mother of a 4-year-old daughter, knew how much comfort and contentment her favorite stuffed animals and books brought to her. After doing some research, Sheets decided to bring the program to the Huntington campus, where the project is totally dependent on donations to keep it going. Student organizations Gamma Beta Phi, Alpha Xi Delta and Pi Kappa Phi have pitched it to help with the project.
“If we can provide comfort to children in stressful situations, we have done the job we set out to do,” Sheets said.