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 52 pairs of pajamas and 65 books to benefit children in need during the winter season. Since EASTERN is celebrating its 50 year anniversary, the school set a goal to collect a minimum 50 pairs of pajamas. EASTERN exceeded their goal through the generosity of staff, instructors, administration and a generous donation made by an anonymous supporter.
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.
“Each year we strive to collect more than the year before,” said Thomas Allen, EASTERN’s Executive Director. “We decided that we should give our collection an extra push and set a goal in honor of our 50th anniversary. I am proud that we were able to meet and even exceed our goal to help local children in need this holiday season.”
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.