Boston Bruins Pajama Drive
Seekonk Public Library has teamed up with the Boston Bruins to participate in their annual pajama drive to benefit DCF Kids and Cradles to Crayons. The PJ Drive’s goal is to collect 12,000 pairs of new pajamas statewide for children and teens in need. “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 a part of the effort to change that” said Sharon Clarke, Seekonk Library Youth Services Librarian.
The Boston Bruins PJ Drive runs from February 1 through March 15, 2020. The library will be a drop-off location collecting new pairs of pajamas for babies, children and teens. Pajamas may be dropped off anytime during library hours with donations collected in Seekonk benefiting children and teens in nearby communities.
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.
Participating libraries will compete with other organizations for special Bruins prizes including a street hockey clinic with Bruins Mascot Blades and autographed Bruins items.
In 2017, the drive expanded to benefit the Department of Children and Families. DCF’s participation helps ensure that PJs stay in the area in which they were collected, benefiting local kids and teens.
The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) 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.