Dear fellow Hanoverians:
The John Curtis Free 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 12,000 pairs of new pajamas
for children and teens in need.
The Pajama Drive runs from February 1 through March 15, 2019. The JCF
Library will be collecting new pajamas for babies, children and teens. A
collection box for donations will be set up in the library’s main lobby.
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 to identify specific
children in need.
In 2017, the drive expanded to benefit DCF’s Wonderfund. DCF estimates
that at any given time the agency is working with 45,000 babies, children
and teens. DCF’s participation helps ensure that PJs stay in the area in
which they were collected, benefitting local kids and teens.
Participating libraries will compete with other organizations for special
Bruins prizes including a street hockey clinic with Bruins Mascot Blades
and autographed Bruins items.
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.
For more information about the drive, please contact Lynne Campbell at
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