A local group called Project Night Night (PNN) is providing totes to homeless children that include a blanket, stuffed animal and a book. It is part of a national program that was started by a mother who traveled with her young son and she soon realized that he always needed something familiar to help him sleep in different hotels. PNN is based out of San Francisco and has volunteers in all 50 states.
Connie Hauskins, a retired Mercy Medical Center pediatric nurse who loves children, read her story in a magazine and was inspired to put together a team to supply PNN totes to area shelters. Besides giving the totes to children entering Heart of Iowa, PNN also provides totes to Madge Phillips, Catholic Worker House, Willis Dady Homeless Shelter, The Shelter House in Iowa City, and Teresa Shelter and Maria House in Dubuque. Connie and her team have been supplying PNN totes for about 3 years and have distributed over 600 totes.
We thank Connie Hauskins and her team of volunteers. PNN helps to make the children who accompany their moms into ASAC’s Heart of Iowa Mother and Child Recovery Center feel welcomed and comforted.
The photo is of a Girl Scout troop that donated their own blankets, books, and stuffed animals to help fill some totes.