Narrows Botanical Garden Fall Fest- Thank you, Brooklyn!

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Thanks to all who visited our 3rd annual PJ4P booth at the Narrows Botanical Garden’s Fall Fest this past Sunday, October 8th, in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn! It was a pleasure to see so many familiar faces- neighbors, community partners, and past volunteers- and to meet even more new people, hear their stories, and raise awareness about who we are and what we do as an organization.

 

As always, we arrived at the Fall Fest ready to sell our TP Pumpkins, toilet paper rolls covered in recycled autumnal fabrics and made to look like pumpkins- strange, charming items of fall decor (more about what that means can be found here and here)!

Along with the fundraising component of the Fest, we were beyond pleased to have spoken with so many interesting, interested community members- local students, teachers, parents, representatives of community organizations and businesses, and several visitors enjoying their weekend in Brooklyn- whose time and attention have proven invaluable in spreading awareness of childhood cancer, as well as the role of our organization in making the experience just a bit more comfortable.

We are grateful for these new members of our community, as well as for those who have supported us from the start of our project. We are excited to see where these new connections can take us, and encourage anyone who is interested in becoming more involved, whether that means organizing a fundraiser or learning more about childhood cancer, in reaching out to us. PJ4P is always looking to collaborate with organizations, schools, businesses, groups of friends, individuals, etc., and we look forward to having a conversation with you about what this could look like! Please contact us or leave a comment below if you are interested in learning more.

Thanks again to our supporters, as well as to the Narrows Botanical Garden for organizing this event each year. Also, shoutout to Laina, Demetri, Anna, and Joanie for their help in running our booth!

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Lake Como Day Fall Fundraiser

IMG_2449Happy fall!

Thanks to all who attended our fall fundraiser at New Jersey’s Lake Como Day! All proceeds from the fundraiser will be used to purchase new, 100% cotton pajamas for pediatric cancer patients.

We are excited to have had our first event of the year, and are in the midst of planning more community/outreach events this fall. Please contact us if you are interested in hosting a fundraiser, becoming more involved with PJ4P, or simply learning more about who we are and what we do.

Cheers!

Thank you, St. Joseph’s College!

We would like to extend our deepest thanks to St. Joesph’s College New York, Brooklyn campus, for collaborating with us this spring! After a several week-long pajama drive, the Saint Joseph’s community collected a total of over 50 pairs of pajamas, as well as a variety of books and games, for children and young adults receiving cancer treatments in hospitals just across the bridge in Manhattan.

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We would like to extend a special thanks to Sadia Besry and Catalina Gaya, St. Joseph’s students and active members of their community both within and beyond campus. We look forward to working with them again in the near future!

As always, if you are interested in hosting a PJ-raiser or becoming more involved with PJ4P in any way, please contact us using the form below. We look forward to hearing from you!

Collaborations with the Bay Ridge Community Council

Happy spring!

Earlier this month, PJ4P had the privilege of working with the Bay Ridge Community Council in their Community As One drive, which brought together a number of community members and stakeholders, including the 68th Precinct Community Council and co-chairs, youth service groups like the incredibly dedicated Bay Ridge Lemonade Coalition, religious communities, like the Bay Ridge Jewish Center, and other local businesses. This several week-long collection of new books and pajamas was kicked off on Saturday, April 1, where community members came together to raise awareness of pediatric cancer and domestic violence, the causes for which the pajama and book donations were made.

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Members of the Lemonade Coalition, a group of Bay Ridge youth working together to make change within and for their community

The drive was extremely successful, raising funds, hundreds of pajamas and books, and a great amount of awareness and support from community members. We would like to extend a special thanks to Irene Sacco and Liz and Preston Ferraiuolo, whose collective efforts were critical in the smooth running and success of this event.

Donations collected from the Community As One drive will benefit patients receiving treatment at Mount Sinai Medical Center’s Pediatrics Department, Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital at NY Presbyterian, and the Ronald McDonald House NY.

Please see these resources for more information:

Updates and New Year Wishes

 

From your friends at PJ’s for Patients, happy New Year!

As we commence and begin to move through 2017, we would like to thank the many generous people, communities, organizations, and hospital departments who volunteered or organized with us, or who in any other capacity supported us, this past year. In 2016 we reached a new milestone, having delivered more than 2,000 pajamas to children and young adults receiving cancer treatments in hospitals away from home.

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We would also like to give a special thanks to Bay Ridge Cares, “an organization of neighbors dedicated to making our community a better place by doing all the good we can, in all the ways we can, for as many as we can”, for collaborating with us in an incredibly successful, community-wide fundraiser! With drop-off locations in six central Bay Ridge spots, the generosity and concern of the community, and the superb organizing power of Bay Ridge Cares, the organization collected a total of 336 pairs of pajamas, which were donated not only to PJ’s for Patients but also to the children and teens of several local domestic violence shelters.

Here’s the jackpot, 336 pairs of children’s and teens pajamas collected by Bay Ridge Cares and its supporters! We are so proud of and grateful for our community!

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PJ4P wishes you the healthiest, happiest, and most comfortable 2017. As always, please contact us if you are interested in collaborating with us or learning more!

 

Thanks, Fort Hamilton High School!

Happy almost-December!

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Fort Hamilton High School, which happens to be the second largest high school in New York, just wrapped up an incredibly successful fall fundraiser for PJ4P! Headed by the student-run Leadership Club, Fort Hamilton collected 100% cotton pajamas, all to be donated to children and young adults receiving pediatric cancer treatments in NYC hospitals, including Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, our first and oldest partner, and sold our seasonal TP Pumpkins!

Between monetary and physical donations, students collected nearly 50 pajamas! We would like to offer a HUGE thank you to the organizers, supporters, and volunteers of this Fall Fundraiser, especially junior Despina Kotsis, who so independently yet inclusively organized this entire event.

We look forward to working with you again in the future, Fort!

Until then, please contact us if you are interested in hosting a fundraiser at your school, community organization, business, or workplace!

Wishing you the loveliest remainder of your November!

Narrows Botanical Garden Fall Festival

 

14724064_1117130901717186_1201229672_oEarlier today, PJ’s for Patients made its second annual appearance at the Narrows Botanical Garden Fall Festival, a day of community building and collaboration for local organizations, businesses, and artisans in the Bay Ridge, Brooklyn area!

We wanted to thank everyone who came out to support us today, both community members who purchased a pumpkin and contributed to our fundraiser, made a donation, or simply stopped to learn more about who we are as an organization, as well as our volunteers! A special thanks to our local Girl Scouts troops for helping to make our TP pumpkins, as well as to Anna for making the rest and organizing our work with the Holy Cross troop! Another shout out goes to our event volunteers: Athina and her daughters Laina and Lillym as well as Liz and her son Preston, all of whom are active and passionate community members whose support has been so influential to PJ4P not only today, but in preparation for this and other events, and throughout the years. As always, it is so inspiring to see members of the community- especially young adults- who genuinely care about causes and enacting passion and change in their communities. These are the people who sustain our, as well as a score of other, community-based initiatives. Thanks so much to them!

Overall, the event was incredibly successful in raising awareness and funds to benefit the purchase of pajamas for pediatric cancer patients receiving treatments in hospitals away from home. As always, we ask that you please contact us if you are interested in becoming more involved- holding a fundraiser, engaging in a community collaboration, or simply learning more about us!

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Laina and Lilly with out pumpkins!