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.
2001 – Adopted and granted Christmas wishes for first family
2014 – Hosted the first Holiday Organized Pajama Event (HOPE)
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
- More than 250 individual Christmas Wishes already granted!
- More than 1000 pairs of pajamas already provided as gifts!
- More than $3700 in pre-loaded gift cards already distributed!
- $11000 in scholarships and grants already awarded!
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Rowsha D. LaBranche – President/Director of Corporate Sponsorships
Rowsha L. (LaBranche) Thompson – Vice President/Education Program Chair
Elwin LaBranche – Treasurer/Director of Corporate Sponsorships
Rachel E. LaBranche – Secretary/Inventory – Purchasing Manager
Monica Pena – Director of Marketing and Social Media
Floyd Hill – Corporate Capital Campaign Chair
Kymberlee Owens – Community Outreach Coordinator
Tamara L. Smith MSN, APN, FNP-BC – Health and Wellness Program Chair