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11:38 AM EST, December 27, 2012
A Mommy Minute story, which ran in the Hartford Courant and on the Fox CT Morning News, helped double holiday donations to the Pajama Program, a small organization that collects new, warm night clothes for children who live in group homes and are waiting to be adopted or enter foster care.
According to Janet Estevez, CT Chapter President, she received 5,406 new jammies and books this December, as opposed to 2,710 last year. The Pajama Program also received more than $1,000 in monetary donations.
In November, Estevez told me that the need is staggering: "You don't realize how many kids out there don't have something as simple as a pair of pajamas. They're cold, they're scared, they're lonely. Collectively, there's 2500 children that are going through the agencies every month. So, that's 30,000 pairs of pajamas a year."
I was extremely touched by all of the emails I received after this story aired. I heard from high school students, college co-eds, even an employee from a law firm, who were inspired to organize a holiday pajama drive with their peers.
Thank you for responding so positively to this simple yet important mission.
And, if you're just learning about the Pajama Program, it's not too late to donate.
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