Pajama Program open mat fundraiser | mini acro stars

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Pajama Program fundraiser | mini acro stars

What a whirlwind weekend! My first Pajama Program fundraiser was on Saturday at The Dance Workshop—and it was awesome! We had 20 kids come out for an open mat event to practice their tumbling and acro skills. Each of the kids paid a registration fee that will go directly to Pajama Program and brought books or pajamas to donate to the organization. They also crafted their little hearts out, making bookmarks to donate to the kids Pajama Program helps and won books autographed by local authors.

My husband made a short video to show some highlights of the afternoon:

As you can see, it was a lot of fun and a huge success!

I purposefully planned this event to fall on Family Volunteer Day, which is held each year on the Saturday before Thanksgiving to start the holiday season with giving and service. It’s a day that celebrates the power of families who work together to support their community. This year, for the 25th annual Family Volunteer Day, generationOn and Disney Friends for Change helped to rally thousands of families to participate.

As I mentioned in my last post about Family Volunteer Day, generationON is an amazing youth organization whose mission is “to inspire, equip, and mobilize youth to take action that changes the world and themselves through service.” They provide lots of ideas about how you can get involved, no matter how much time or what resources you have.

Their Family Volunteer Guide inspired me to help a charity that valued children and literacy and to work towards a book drive. Pajama Program is the perfect charity for that and when I was thinking about a place that inspires kids to challenge themselves and be the best that they can be, The Dance Workshop seemed like the perfect partner for this event. It was a really great afternoon.

Pajama Program fundraiser | warm up

Pajama Program fundraiser | practicing hand stands

Pajama Program fundraiser | making bookmarks

Pajama Program fundraiser | practicing back bends

Pajama Program fundraiser | practicing

Pajama Program fundraiser | balancing

If you came out to our event or volunteered in your own community, share it with the #familyvolunteerday hashtag. You can also upload a photo and your story to the Family Volunteer Day photo wall to enter to win one of three grand prizes of $1,000 VISA gift cards and one of 10 “family night out” prize packages for dinner and a movie. That’s a pretty fantastic bonus, no?


Written by Jennifer Garry
Jen is a freelance writer and girl mom from New York. When she's not knee-deep in glittery crafts and girl talk, you can probably find her sprawled across her couch in the middle of a Netflix marathon with dark chocolate smeared on her face. The struggle is real.