WHO ARE WE
In 2001, we were touched by an article in our neighborhood newspaper which shed light on two (2) families. Each family had a unique story, however they shared one common thread. They felt invisible and were desperately in need of necessities during the Christmas season. We joined our community, we adopted a family and so our story began.
We noticed that the mothers/guardians selected for the Christmas Wish Program would frequently ask for new pajamas. After many years, we asked one mother – Why New Pajamas? She explained that clothing is most often donated, used and/or pre-worn. She simply wanted her two boys to sleep in a new pair of pajamas.
In 2014, our Holiday Organized Pajama Event (HOPE) was formed, which provides the gift of new pajamas to children within our community.
2017 – Organized as a 501(c)(3) Charitable Organization
2017 – Hosted first fundraiser
2017 – Expanded Holiday Organized Pajama Event (HOPE) to include homeless shelters
2017 – Health and Wellness Program conducted initial wellness session
2018 – Christmas Wish Program will grant wishes THROUGHOUT the year
2018 – Holiday Organized Pajama Event (HOPE) will share the gift of new pajamas THROUGHOUT the year
2018 – Education Program awards multiple scholarships
2018 – 2nd Annual Masquerade Ball
2019 – Finalist for Best Of Bolingbrook Business (BOBB) Awards
2019 – 3rd Annual Masquerade Ball
2020 – Finalist for 2020 Best of Bolingbrook Business (BOBB) Awards – Non Profit Category
2020 – 4th Annual Masquerade Ball
2021 – Awarded the Silver Seal of Transparency by GUIDESTAR
2021 – 5th Annual Masquerade Ball
- More than 400 individual Christmas Wishes already granted!
- More than 1300 pairs of pajamas already provided as gifts!
- More than $7000 in pre-loaded gift cards already distributed!
- $16,000 in scholarships and grants already awarded!
EXECUTIVE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Rowsha D. LaBranche – President/Director of Corporate Sponsorships
Rowsha L. Thompson – Vice President/Education Program Chair
Elwin LaBranche – Treasurer/Director of Corporate Sponsorships
Rachel E. LaBranche – Secretary/Inventory Control Manager
Floyd Hill – Corporate Capital Campaign Manager
Gloria Jackson – Director of Marketing/Social Media
Kymberlee Owens – Community Outreach Coordinator
Tamara L. Smith MSN, APN, FNP-BC – Health and Wellness Chair
Kesha Billups – Photographer
Monica Pena – Graphic Design Artist