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Many of us cherish the bedtime routines we share with our children or the memories of bedtime rituals from our own childhoods. They are typically times of comfort, love, and sharing. For others this is not the case. In particular, children living in shelters or within the foster care system are vulnerable to anxiety due to uncertainty and other stessors.
Bedtime bags are a simple way to provide a bit of comfort and stability to children in crisis. These bags contain simple items that many of us take for granted. Comfort and hygiene items can provide a sense of security and routine in an otherwise turbulent time in a child's life.
Creating bedtime bags is a great project for individuals, families, friends, and church or community groups. It is an ideal project to take on with children to help them develop a love of serving and empathy for those in need.
Ideas for Bedtime Bag Contents
- Stuffed Animals
- Shower Gel
- Baby Items (Pacifier, Rattle, Diapers)
- Handwritten note expressing love to the child.
- Hope Touch Essential Oil Blend*
- Pillow Spray* (Dilute Lavender Essential Oil or another calming oil or blend in a spray bottle.)
Place all items in a small duffle bag or tote bag. The bag does not have to be expensive, but should be of good quality and durable. Once you have assembled your bedtime bags, drop them off at a local family shelter. You can also contact your local Department of Child and Family Services to find out how to get them to children in the foster care system.
If you would like to get involved, but prefer to make a monetary donation or work within an existing organization, check out Project Night Night. They have many ways you can help and are a 501(c)(3) not for profit corporation.
* Essential oils should be used with children only under adult supervision.