today was one of the most rewarding days of my life, and a moment i will never forget. verge events and our sister company studio wed participated in a drive for sleep tight kids, a nonprofit started by the talented jill schwarzkopf of realities photography. sleep tight kids donates money or bedtime related items for children, including clothing, blankets, toys, and books, either directly to needy families or through partnerships with other non-profit organizations supporting needy families, with a focus on families in Western North Carolina. The goal of the corporation is to promote feelings of hope and comfort in children as they lay their heads to rest each night.
today jill invited me to go donate with her at a women's shelter and it was all i could do to hold it together. we took some of the items from the benefit drive at the end of april ~ and it was like christmas morning to some of these kids. we didn't really know what to expect...as we were escorted in, my heart began to sink a little, prepping myself for the emotion i knew i was going to have. all of a sudden, any problem going on in my life, disappeared. this giving put everything into perspective, and you realize how fortunate you are to have a place to lay your head at night. some moms had hope and some had fear...the gut wrenching emotion that just tugs at your heartstrings. you realize that right now, in your small town usa, there is someone that is hurting ~ there is a child who needs pajamas, a book, a blanket, anything. one of the families let jill take a few pictures, which she has shared with us. when we left, all we could do is cry and know that we had to keep doing this.
i am asking you, whether it is money or donation, please donate to this cause. even if it is $5 or just one pair of pj's, i cannot tell you the importance of donating to help these families.