EASTERN Faculty, Staff and Students Support the Pajama Program

From left to right – Amy Shields, EASTERN’s Organizational Advancement Director, Cheryl Gill, Bethanna Executive Policy Director, and Eileen Collins, EASTERN’s Assistant to the Career and Technical Supervisor.

From left to right – Amy Shields, EASTERN’s Organizational Advancement Director, Cheryl Gill, Bethanna Executive Policy Director, and Eileen Collins, EASTERN’s Assistant to the Career and Technical Supervisor.

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 55 pairs of pajamas and 23 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 a local anonymous supporter who made a  substantial donation to this effort. EASTERN’s student leadership organization, SkillsUSA, has also chosen the Pajama Program as its charity of choice this year, and held fundraisers in the fall to raise money for the organization. EASTERN students raised over $400 for the Pajama Program.

The Pajama Program collection has been a holiday tradition at EASTERN for many years, beginning with the efforts of Ellen Ainge, a long-time EASTERN employee 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.

“This is an outstanding organization with such a worthy mission,” said Nicole Mohrey, EASTERN’s Commercial Art Instructor/ SkillsUSA Advisor. “The collection has become a tradition here at EASTERN among the staff, and it was wonderful to see it become so important to our students as well.”

On December 12, Eileen Collins, EASTERN’s Assistant to the Career and Technical Supervisor, 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.

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