We have done our research! There are many amazing charities to donate to that provide food and water, clothing, shelter, hygiene items and counseling for victims. What Cozy Crates provides is purely to help with the emotional needs of children. We focus on building resiliency by creating a sense of security, community, ownership and reduced stress.
We use Soft & Minky fabric that is hand-tied into a unique and comfortably soft blanket. These blankets give children a feeling of ownership and relief after loss.
Individualized stuffed-animals make children feel safe and loved, especially in a stressful and confusing time. A teddy bear can be a tool to help prevent separation anxiety while acting as a “friend” to keep children feeling safe and secure.
Many children arrive at shelters with nothing at all. A backpack will allow them to keep all of their items in one place and feel a sense of ownership.
Playtime is essential. Kids are less likely to experience distress when they play and interact. Crates include fun-filled activity books, appealing to a range of ages and languages.
Card Games provide a way of building community with family and newfound friends in shelters. Jump ropes provide a source of recreation to children when there is little else. Both of these help children to heal from traumatic events.