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Pajama Drive

November 9, 2010

Starting tomorrow, November 10, 2010, The Center: Natural Health Specialists will be hosting a pajama drive for the Pajama Program, a wonderful non-profit organization who provides new, warm pajamas and new books to children in need all over the U.S. and around the world. The program serves children in need living in group homes and shelters. Most have never enjoyed the simple comfort of having a parent tuck them in at bedtime with warm, clean pajamas and a story.

Pajama Program’s mission becomes more urgent during the period it identifies as “Danger Seasonwhen the thermostat dips and the harsh winter months settle in. Pajama Program works hard to heighten the public’s awareness of the need to keep these at risk children in warm, clean nighttime clothing and with a bedtime book to allay their fears. 

“For so many needy and abused children, winter means endless cold and scary nights,” explains Pajama Program founder Genevieve Piturro. “The winter season is a particularly critical time when these children are most vulnerable to serious colds and illnesses. Warm, clean pajamas help to protect them against night chills and harmful conditions. Emotionally, pajamas are a hug for children who feel lost and alone.”

The books the children read at bedtime go a long way in improving their reading level as well. Most have been removed from school for long periods of time and do not have access to books and their grade reading level is far lower than their peers.

Chapter Presidents across the U.S. identify “Receiving Organizations” in their communities where children in need are living. Raleigh/Durham Chapter President, Sue Myers is dedicated to helping children in need right here in Raleigh. When asked about where the donations we gather would go, Sue explained, “One hundred percent of the donations my chapter collects stay local.  They go to approved receiving organizations in several different counties including Wake, Orange, and Durham.  These receiving organizations are comprised of homeless shelters, centers, and other organizations that serve children in need. Some examples include The Genesis Home in Durham – which works to end homelessness for families with children, the Community Helpers Service Center in Knightdale, the Salvation Army in downtown Raleigh, and the Orange County Department of Social Services.”

The need is great. There are more than 513,000 children in the foster care system in the U.S. and more than one million children who are not living with their natural parents. These children have been through great upheaval and trauma, without exception. Please help us help this wonderful organization provide children in need with the simple comfort of a new, warm pair of pajamas and a new book to call their own. 

The Center: Natural Health Specialists will be collecting donations of new pajamas and books for all ages infant-17 from November 10th through December 15th. Please bring your donations to the address below between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays or Thursdays, or between 9:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Wednesdays.

The Center: Natural Health Specialists, 8404 Six Forks Rd. Suite 201, Raleigh, NC 27615 

All pajamas and books should be new with the tags on. We ask that the pajamas be a complete set or a night gown. For ideas on what to get, check out the Raleigh/Durham Chapter’s Amazon Wishlist. Please feel free to call our office, 919.848.0200, with any questions.

Thank you all for your support!

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