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Pajama Drive

November 1st, 2015 Posted in Events, World Community
Donate a pair of pajamas for the 2nd Annual Pajama Drive.
CHRI’s Care Baldwin asks for your help keeping kids warm this winter.

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Last year Family Radio CHRI partnered with JD Swallow Heating & Cooling to launch a Pajama Drive campaign to collect new warm pajamas for kids in need in our community. Many of us have memories of getting a new pair of flannel PJs on Christmas Eve while so many children in our communities go to bed in flimsy, worn-out pajamas (if that!). There’s something ‘care-free’ about getting home after a long cold day and changing in to a clean cozy pair of PJs.We didn’t see anyone else doing this in the Ottawa and surrounding areas so we decided to lead the charge and ask our amazing CHRI listeners to help.

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We quickly saw families and individuals of all ages donating PJs – with JD Swallow matching every donation Pair-for-Pair – and over 2,700 pairs of pajamas were delivered to local and rural food cupboards and shelters and distributed to families in need: families that face difficult challenges such as poverty, addiction, domestic violence and mental health.

By now, children have grown out of their PJs and new families have entered programs for assistance (each month, close to 900,000 Canadians are assisted by food banks, and 38% of those helped are children and youth*). Would you consider picking up a pair of PJs while you’re out Christmas shopping? Phase 1 of the Drive has begun and we’re officially kicking it off with a Launch Party at the Ottawa Family Cinema on Saturday, November 21st. Your admission is a donation of pajamas. (see full event details here) This first phase allows us to include pajamas in Christmas Hampers that go out mid-December.

Please spread the word about this important campaign. It’s not about CHRI or JD Swallow, but it’s about blessing children and making a difference.

Some ideas:
– Get your kids involved and let them pick out a pair for a child their own age.
– Make your church a drop-off location
– Set-up a drop-off box at your workplace and set a collection goal!

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The Hellenic community collection over 700 pairs and 12 local law firms participated together donating almost 500!

Every little bit helps so THANK YOU in advance and let’s see if we can double the amount of warm children this winter!!

See you at the Launch Party!

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