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.
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!
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!
As we return to school, work, and our other yearly engagements, please remember that September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, a time to raise awareness of something that effects tens of thousands of children and young adults in the U.S. and around the world each year. PJ’s for Patients aims to make the experience of pediatric cancer a little more comfortable, and we try to be especially active during September/the fall season, when childhood cancer should receive the attention it so needs and deserves (it always does, but ESPECIALLY during this time specifically dedicated to it).
Please send us a message through our Facebook page if you’d like to become more involved by hosting a fundraiser! Also, we have an adorable 1 day-old Instagram account that you can follow for regular updates about what we’re up to!!! A follow @pjsforpatients on Instagram and a like at PJ’s for Patients on Facebook would be much appreciated. Have a great month, and remember to GO GOLD for pediatric cancer!!