The Saugus Public Library has teamed up with the Boston Bruins to participate in the 13th annual Boston Bruins PJ Drive to benefit Department of Children and Families’ (DCF) Wonderfund and Cradles to Crayons. The PJ Drive’s goal is to collect 13,000 pairs of new pajamas. Many of the pajamas donated go to local DCF offices in the area in which they were collected, benefitting local kids and teens. DCF estimates that at any given time the agency is working with 45,000 babies, children and teens.
“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 Director.
The Boston Bruins PJ Drive runs from February 1 through March 15, 2020. The library will be collecting new pairs of pajamas for babies, children and teens. (Insert additional info about local efforts)
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. Last year, libraries from across the Commonwealth collected 13,022 new pairs of pajamas, a new record for the drive. In total, over 20,000 pairs of pajamas were collected by 251 groups, 136 of which were libraries.
Participating libraries will compete with other organizations for special Bruins prizes including tickets to a Bruins game.
The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners 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 go to https://libraries.state.ma.us/pj-drive
You will find a collection bin for your donation of new PJs for kids at our Children’s Desk.
Bruins defenseman and Captain Zdeno Chara
Published: February 7th, 2020