Over 1,000 Pairs of Pyjamas Donated to Kids in Need
First-time community outreach program is a dream come true for area agency and kids in need in Kanata.
The Pyjama Patrol, a group of moms and concerned community members, created a goal last fall to help kids in need that did not have warm pyjamas to sleep in at night. Looking to help support the Kanata Food Cupboard during the holidays, the group approached local businesses to become collection sites for those wanting to donate. The goal of amassing 250 pair of pyjamas was quickly surpassed thanks to various collections, an elementary school pyjama day fundraiser, a pyjama party and support from businesses, groups and individuals.
“We are so thankful to the community for embracing this program and showing us all how much support there is for children in need in Kanata. We are also very fortunate to have partnered with the Kanata Food Cupboard. They are a truly special organization that goes above and beyond for the families in need in our community. We can’t thank them enough for distributing warm pyjamas to the children they support” says Jen Muckler, founder and organizer of Pyjama Patrol.
Over 1,000 pairs of new warm pyjamas were collected, along with more than 1,000 bedtime stories, over 400 warm blankets, plus 300 toothbrushes and tubes of toothpaste from area dentists. Every child supported by the Kanata Food Cupboard this Christmas received a new pair of pyjamas. In December, Kanata Food Cupboard was able to give food and Christmas to 440 families.
The Pyjama Patrol will be collecting pyjamas again next winter, with a kick off pyjama party in the fall. If you would like to learn more about the Pyjama Patrol, see www.pyjamapatrol.com.