The Berkshire Athenaeum is teaming up with the Boston Bruins to participate in their annual pajama drive to benefit DCF Kids (Department of Children and Families) and Cradles to Crayons. The PJ Drive’s goal is to collect 10,000 pairs of new pajamas for children and teens in need across the Massachusetts Commonwealth.
“It’s hard to imagine that so many kids and teens don’t know the comforting feeling of putting on PJs before settling down to sleep. We’re happy to be part of an effort to change that” said Nan Pearson, Children’s and Youth Services Supervisor at the Berkshire Athenaeum.
The Boston Bruins PJ Drive runs from Wednesday, February 22, 2017 through March 15, 2017. The library will be collecting new pairs of pajamas for babies, children and teens. Please bring new pajamas for kids in need to the Berkshire Athenaeum Children’s Department.
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.”
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 move books and other library materials, for sending donated PJs to area collection locations, increasing libraries’ ability to participate in the drive. #PJDrive17