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For the love of sleep

Library collecting pajamas for charity

Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara stands beside a rack of pajamas donated for the 4th annual PJ Drive. Sturbridge residents are asked to donate new or gently used pajamas at the Joshua Hyde Public Library. (click for larger version)
February 20, 2011
STURBRIDGE — The Joshua Hyde Public Library doesn't set aside a few hours each day for naptime, but some residents might think this is the case considering the amount of pajamas that have been taken into the library this month.

Throughout the month of February, library officials have been collecting new and gently used children's pajamas as part of the fourth annual PJ Drive hosted by the Boston Bruins. Several other Massachusetts libraries have participated in the drive, which benefits underprivileged children in the commonwealth. The library that collects the most pajama donations by the end of February will win a new set of books courtesy of BJ's Wholesale Club, which joined Cradles to Crayons as sponsors for the PJ Drive.

"The Boston Bruins are one of the major sponsors of the Massachusetts Summer Reading Program that many libraries get involved in, so we decided to help them out with this drive," said Patricia Lalli, the head of Children's Services at the Joshua Hyde Public Library. "The Bruins staff always helps Massachusetts libraries put together important summer reading programs and activities."

All donations will be given to Cradles to Crayons, a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide basic essential items for low-income and homeless children throughout Massachusetts. Last year's PJ Drive collected over 15,000 pairs of pajamas that were sorted for distribution at the new Cradles to Crayons Giving Factory in Brighton, which handles about 50,000 packages each year meant for local disadvantaged children. Over the next three to five years, Cradles to Crayons aims to double the number of packages that it provides for the state's most vulnerable children.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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