FAQ

How did PJs Forgotten Children get its name?
P.J.’s was named in honor of Patrick John Smith, who died while suffering a severe mental illness. His family established the original organization.

Who does P.J.’s Forgotten Children help?
Each year Valley Mental Health, school based programs, and other professionals working with the mentally ill provides P.J.’s with genuine cases of families struggling with mental illness and poverty. The children with the most critical needs are selected to participate in the programs. Many are homeless at different times during the year.

How do I help a child for Christmas?
There are several ways to help, please visit our “Sub for Santa” page, or email  pjs.subforsanta@gmail.com if you have any additional questions about sponsoring.

How much does it cost to sponsor a child (Sub For Santa)?
The cost associated with adopting a child varies depending on the items needed for each child; however, we find that the average cost for Christmas about 100.00 per child.

Do the families of the children in our programs have to meet income qualifications before a child can be included in our Back to school and Christmas Programs?
We have no specific requirements. However the therapist working with these children makes the determination according to need. P.J.’s Forgotten Children help only those with the greatest needs.

What are the items included in the Christmas Program?
Our forms are filled out by parents and the therapists working with the family. The form includes two wants and two interests for each child. They include sizes, favorite colors, interests, age and weight of each child. Most wants for the child are things that we consider necessities; however these children do want the same things as children in their age group want. We ask that wisdom be used in filling these requests. (Some of the things we include for each child are 6 pair of stockings & underwear, a shoe certificate, an outfit, and if possible, a coat or sweat shirt.)

Do you provide Christmas or school supplies to adults?
No. P.J.’s Forgotten Children only helps children ages 0-18 years of age who have been referred by Valley Mental Health. We try to provide family gifts that would help the children.

What are your sources of funding?
P.J.’s Forgotten Children finances work through individual contributions, corporate donations, and
foundation grants. P.J.’s Forgotten Children relies on in-kind contributions to help provide Christmas and Back to School for the children. P.J.’s Forgotten Children does not solicit contributions over the phone or door-to-door.

Can my financial contribution be tax deductible?
Yes. P.J.’s Forgotten Children is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. As such, financial contributions may be deductible for federal income tax purposes. Please consult with your financial advisor to determine the extent of tax deductibility.

Did you know?
In children under 12 and teens, suicide is the third cause of death while reports show suicide in college students is the second cause of death. ` 8 out of 10 children with a mental illness do not receive treatment, while 3 out of 4 with a physical illness receive help. Other reports show that out of 12 million children with a mental illness only 1 in 5 receive treatment. `3 million children suffer from clinical depression making them at high risk for suicide.