The Morrill Memorial Library has teamed up with the Boston Bruins to participate in their annual pajama drive to benefit DCF Kids and Cradles to Crayons. The PJ Drive’s goal is to collect 10,000 pairs of new pajamas for children and teens in need. “It’s hard to imagine not having a pair of PJs to settle down and sleep in. We’re looking forward to participating this year and are hoping to reach our goal of 400 pairs of PJs!”, said Jean Todesca, Head of Youth Services and PJ Drive coordinator at the library.
The Boston Bruins PJ Drive runs from February 1 through March 15, 2017. The library will be collecting new pairs of pajamas for babies, children and teens.
Bruins forward P.J. Axelsson and his wife, Siw, started the PJ drive during the Boston Bruins 2007-2008 season as a way to give to give back to their community. The couple collected 1,600 pairs of pajamas for Cradles to Crayons which connects with social service agencies across the state to identify specific children in need.
Amy Riley, a social service partner from MassSTART that benefits from the PJ Drive, spoke about the drive’s impact.
“Mario, his mom and two brothers are living in an apartment that is not heated properly. The bedrooms are very cold at night, and as a result the children are often sick. Mario and his brothers were also not sleeping well and would end up sleeping together in order to stay warm. Cradles to Crayons was able to provide the family with pajamas, warm clothing, bedding and blankets. This allowed Mom to save money and focus on finding a new, better heated apartment.”
To encourage participation, the Boston Bruins offer special prizes to the top three collectors:
First Place Prize: Street hockey clinic with Bruins alumnus
Second Place: Special Bruins Mascot (Blades) appearance
Third Place: 200 commemorative Bruins PJ Drive pucks
The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) works with the Boston Bruins to coordinate library participation in the drive. Libraries from around the state use the Massachusetts Library System’s delivery service, typically used to send books and other library materials, to send their PJs to area collection locations which increases libraries’ ability to participate in the drive. If you would like to participate, please bring in NEW pajamas for babies, kids or teens and leave them in the marked donation box on the library’s 1st floor, near the Circulation Desk.