The Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) faculty and staff members held a pajama and book drive throughout the month of December to benefit the Pajama Program. They collected 31 pairs of pajamas and 8 books to benefit those in need during the cold winter season.
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.
“Our hope is that these pajamas and books make the holiday season a little brighter for children in need,” said Thomas Allen, EASTERN’s Administrative Director.
On December 17, 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.