Apologies for several months without posts; after dealing with some technical difficulties with our site, we are back up and running and ready for an incredibly productive fall!
Your friends at PJ4P hope that you’ve enjoyed your summer so far. We’ve had several exciting events and updates since you’ve last heard from us!
- As of the beginning of April, PJ’s for Patients held its first collaboration with Smith College in our first PJ4P fundraiser in Northampton, Massachusetts! We worked with Smith’s Res Life student leadership to engage in a campus-wide penny wars fundraiser with the goal of raising enough money to purchase one pair of pajamas per house. The rules for penny wars are simple; each penny counts as a positive point, and each coin or bill of higher value is worth increasingly greater negative points. House teams can sabotage other house’s stashes of change by placing nickels, dimes, quarters, or bills into their collection jars. We’ve found penny wars an effective and fun way of raising money on a college student’s budget; they encourage friendly competition while collecting just a little bit of monetary donation from each student and helping to spread awareness of our cause in an enjoyable way! Our fundraiser lasted for all of April and worked with houses on every area of campus, a great success! Thanks to Res Life for your enthusiasm and cooperation in planning our fundraiser!
- On Friday, May 6, PJ4P had our first visit to Baystate Children’s Hospital in Springfield, Massachusetts! We dropped off a pajama donation for their pediatric oncology inpatients. We’d like to say a HUGE thanks to Betsey and Jessie from the hospital’s Child Life department for organizing the drop-off, as well as to the Smith College students who participated in the fundraiser that made the delivery possible!
- This July, PJ4P made a delivery to our oldest friend, the Pediatrics Department of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center!
We wish you the best as the summer comes to a close, that you cherish this time with loved ones and appreciate the soon-to-be changing of the seasons. We thank you for your support and look forward to keeping you updated with our endeavors in the near future!
Athena Sofides, PJ4P Founder