The Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) faculty and staff members held a pajama and book drive throughout the months of November and December to benefit the Pajama Program. They collected 71 pairs of pajamas and 25 books to benefit children in need during the winter season. EASTERN extends a huge debt of gratitude to its generous staff, instructors, administration and to two substantial donations made by local anonymous supporters.
The Pajama Program collection has been a holiday tradition at EASTERN for many years, beginning with the efforts of Ellen Ainge, who retired in 2010. The collection has continued due to the overwhelming response of staff and instructors.
The Pajama Program, a 501(c)(3) organization, provides comfort and love in the way of new pajamas and new books to children in need, many waiting and hoping to be adopted. Snuggling up in new, warm pajamas with their very own book to read gives lonely children a secure and nurturing bedtime environment. The Pajama Program depends on the support of volunteers, supporters, event hosts, pajama drive sponsors, and of course,
donations of cozy new pajamas and new children’s books.
“It has been an honor for us at EASTERN to participate in this amazing program,” said Joe Greb, EASTERN’s Assistant Director. “Children are our priority, both as a high school and as community members. We are so happy to assist those children in need this holiday season.”
On December 20, Eileen Collins, EASTERN’s Assistant to the Supervisor of Career and Technical Education, and Amy Shields, EASTERN’s Organizational Advancement Director, delivered the pajamas and books to the local Pajama Program drop-off center, Bethanna, a Christian services organization for children and their families.