This year marks the 3rd annual Christmas Pyjama Drive in Fort St. John — which was started in 2013.
People are encouraged to donate a new pair of pyjamas to the main drop bin at Unforgettable Memories, and other bins located in various businesses, including:
- Field House
- Peace Family Water
- Whole Wheat and Honey
- Fort Bowling Lanes
- Shopper’s Drug Mart
Elementary schools are also hosting drop bins, and Robert Ogilvie Elementary has donated 30 pairs so far.
“What struck me about it is that it’s a tradition that a lot of families have a Christmas, to give their kids new PJs,” said Jennifer McCracken, PJ ambassador with the Fort St. John branch of the Pyjama Drive. “A lot of under-privileged children don’t get many toys, let alone a pair of new, warm Christmas pyjamas.”
While things have been slow, for which she says might be due to the slow economy, McCracken is hopeful that the campaign will pick up momentum soon.
According to McCracken, the sizes they usually see a surplus of is ages 2 – 5, and typically they don’t get enough donations for the pre-teen children in the community who need them.
The Christmas Pyjama Drive has been in touch with organizations in the community, like Big Brother’s Big Sisters, Community Bridge, and the North Peace Pregnancy Care Centre, to get a better idea of where each specific pair of pyjamas needs to go.
Last year, she said they received over 800 pairs of pyjamas — which allowed donations throughout the year and not just for Christmas — and was more than double the 300 pairs received on the first year.
Donations will be accepted until December 6th.