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 Commonwealth, including Pittsfield.
“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 starts Wednesday, Feb. 22 through March 15. The library will be collecting new pairs of pajamas for babies, children and teens. Please bring new pajamas to the library’s 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.
To encourage participation, the Boston Bruins offer special prizes to the top three collectors:
- First Place: Street hockey clinic with Bruins alumnus
- Second Place: Special Bruins Mascot (Blades) appearance
- Third Place: 200 commemorative Bruins PJ Drive pucks
For more information, please contact Pearson at 413-499-9480, Ext. 5.