“The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss, “I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!”
On the first Thursday of every other month, the Pajama Group visits our Good Counsel Home in Harrison, New York. Also known as DayStar, our home in Harrison is a specialized residence for moms who have mental illness and who may also be dual diagnosed with an addiction. The Pajama Group is part of the Pajama Program, a non-profit organization that provides new pajamas and new books to children in need.
There are many benefits to reading before bedtime and the Pajama Group helps to bring those benefits to our Good Counsel babies and children. According to the Pajama Group’s website, “Reading to young children stimulates their development and gives them a head start when they reach school. Apart from helping their reading, sharing a bedtime story with children promotes their motor skills, through learning to turn the pages, and their memory. It also improves their emotional and social development.”
Julie heads up the group that who visits our DayStar home and with each visit she brings other members to read bedtime stories. We do have a pretty good library of books for our babies and children, but the volunteers bring their own favorite stories as well. Our babies are stimulated and engaged while being read to.
We are so grateful for volunteers like those from the Pajama Group!
Wondering how you might be able to volunteer at Good Counsel? Click here for more information.
What was your favorite bedtime story when you were a child? Do you have a favorite that you read to your children now? Tell us about it below!