Frequently Asked Questions

I am interested in helping Project Night Night, but I have a few questions:

Monetary Donations by Check:

Checks can be made payable to: “Project Night Night” and mailed to our San Francisco office:

Kendra Robins
Project Night Night
148 Beulah Street
San Francisco, CA 94117

May I just donate blankets, books, and stuffed animals to your drop-off location?
Yes!  If you would prefer to offer your support by donating new blankets, new stuffed animals, and new books to one of our collection points or send them to us by mail, that would be terrific.  We will then use those donations to complete Night Night Packages requested by shelters directly to our offices.

Drop-Off Locations Link

May I be a drop location?
We prefer that folks do not set up collection boxes at major locations unless they receive approval from our office.  Often the amount of donated items (especially stuffed animals) tends to get overwhelming.  Not all donations are usable, so you would then need to find other charitable organizations to which to deliver the “sub par” product.  It is quite time consuming, so we would advise against this.

May I start a chapter in my area?
No need!  Project Night Night does not use the chapter system. We are grateful and encourage volunteers to rally their local friends and family in support of their fundraiser or new product drive.

Does Project Night Night operate internationally?
No.  Our non-profit tax status conferred upon us from the IRS limits our charitable work to the United States.

I want to have a fundraiser for Project Night Night!  Is this ok?
Project Night Night is deeply appreciative of financial donations.  We often utilize these funds to help underwrite the cost of assembling and shipping Night Night packages to children on our waiting list.  All monetary donations are tax deductible but must sent directly to Project Night Night if the donor would like a tax receipt. Please collect checks (made payable to “Project Night Night”) or cash (clip a note with the donor’s name, address, and email) and mail them to our San Francisco or Michigan Office. Project Night Night will acknowledge each gift individually.

May I have a large product drive for Project Night Night?
Maybe!  Project Night Night has limited storage facilities.  Please contact a member of our staff prior to conducting a large-scale product drive.  We encourage any product drives to be NEW product only.  Donors often get excited to purge their homes of used stuffed animals and books. As the organizer, it is critical that you sort through items and donate only those that meet our product requirements.  Also, it is your responsibility to find another organization to accept your sub-par product, otherwise, Project Night Night must pay our staff to sort and dispose of product that a homeless child would not be proud to own.  Project Night Night cannot pick-up your donations as this takes us out of the office or the shelters we serve.  Long story short, we are always in need of NEW product but let’s chat first!

Can I use your Logo?
Our Logo and approved photos are available to use on our website here.

You are welcome to use our Logo for small scale distribution (i.e. school flyers, invitations). Please drop us an email for approval on any large scale distribution or print ads.

Product Questions

What size should the blankets be?
We ask people to imagine a young child toting a blanket. Ideally, blankets should be “crib size” or smaller. The blanket needs to be compact enough to nestle aside a stuffed animal and a book in our canvas tote bag. Frequent blanket dimensions on are 40×50 or 50×60, but we are happy to receive smaller blankets and lovies.

Do you accept used blankets?
No. Project Night Night accepts only new baby blankets for sanitary reasons.  AS OF 2016, WE DO NOT TAKE NO-SEW BLANKETS. DUE TO COVID-19, WE HAVE STOPPED ACCEPTING HANDMADE BLANKETS.

What books should I use?
We serve children 0-12 years old.  Feel free to use books from board books through early chapter books. We ask NO HEAVY bound books.

Do you accept gently used stuffed animals and books?
No. Project Night Night has gone to a NEW only model for all three items as of 2017. Please remember, the children whom we serve rarely, if ever, receive new items.  Our goal is for them to feel special and loved. New product is the best way to ensure success.

Donate Items

Can the blankets and stuffed animals be handmade?
No. Due to Covid-19, we had to stop accepting handmade at this time. Although, we know there is nothing more special than an item that was especially made for a child with care and we do hope you can find a good home for your time and talents. AS OF 2016, WE DO NOT TAKE NO-SEW BLANKETS.

What are the size requirements for the stuffed animals?
The stuffed animals should be no larger than 18” in order to properly fit inside of our tote bag. The ideal stuffed animals would be “snuggle size”.  Please do not use tiny stuffed animals.  It isn’t fair if some children receive full-sized stuffed animals while other receive only “mini” ones.

Can we send you additional items for your Night Night Packages?
This is up to you!  We know that the children recipients would appreciate any new items that fit into our night-time comfort theme!  Volunteers have provided us with toothbrushes, toothpaste, or warm socks. We ask that you reach out in advance to see if we can accept your donation that may be outside of our core product: blanket, book, stuffed animal.

Can we send you drawings or notecards to include in the Night Night Packages?
YES! Of course! We encourage our volunteers to send us  “Sweet Dreams” note. These can be as simple or as elaborate as you wish.

How much should I spend on the contents of a Night Night Packages?
This is absolutely up to you!  Shop wisely to get the most “bang for your buck!”

Do you have preferred vendors for product purchases?
Definitely check out our corporate citizenship page on our website for companies that have supported Project Night Night.  This being said, we do shop around! We hunt down post-holiday sales (bunnies are not only for Easter nor red blankets for Valentine’s Day). Another tip is to look in non-traditional places such as drugstores, (i.e. Walgreens, CVS, Drugmart).  Also, we love the Kohl’s Cares for Kids line of products, which provides a top-quality book or stuffed animal for $5.00.

For ideas, please click here.

Are there any other restrictions?
Please no Beanie Babies or similar tiny friends.  No books or stuffed animals with battery compartments.  No stuffed animals that make noises –such as singing, reciting prayers, etc.  No commemorative stuffed animals with years sewn on them.

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