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As many of you know, our family is working on a project that we hope will change our community, if only a TINY bit, for the better. Each day, we're doing a charitable deed. It doesn't have to be big, but neat projects are popping out of the woodwork! So far, we've made quilts for Project Linus, volunteered at the animal shelter, recycled, opened doors, maintained a website, provided roadside assistance, picked up trash. None of them are GREAT works that will CHANGE THE WORLD. But it's been fun being more aware of our community, the people around us, the details of daily life, living mindfully, I suppose.
I just found out about the Pajama Program, a national nonprofit, which is getting its start here on the Central Coast. The program collects new (with tags) PJs for kids from infancy to age 17 and new books for the same group. These items are distributed to kids who may not have their own parents to provide these things for them, who may never have had a parent tuck them in at night. So far, the local chapter has identified three organizations averaging 30 children/month each who will benefit from this program. There's a high turnover, so that's 30 children times three programs times 12 months. Well, that's a lot of bedtime books and PJs.
The Best Family will be collecting PJs and books for the project through April. Would you like to join in our drive? Maybe you can hit up your neighborhood or church, friends, other clubs or organizations in which you're involved. Once we've gathered our PJs, I thought it would be fun to have a PJ party (parents could PJ, too) to bring the collections together. I don't know where, yet. When I think of PJs during WAKING hours, I think of COFFEE, HOT CHOCOLATE and CIDER!
If you're interested in taking part, please keep in mind, PJs and books need to be new and unused. Please keep all tags on the pajamas. In addition, we cannot accept pajamas or books with any religious messages or violent themes.
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