PJs and Caring

Annual PJ Drive brings home generosity and warmth for kids.

Members of The Manitoba Chiropractors Association – 41 offices – collected over 2700 pairs of PJs as part of their annual PJ drive for United Way agencies.

The PJs were sorted and packaged last week for delivery to about 40 different agencies to help stuff stockings this holiday season.

Students from Asper School of Business' Team Toba sorted PJs into age groups.

Students from Asper School of Business’ Team Toba sorted PJs into age groups.

Volunteers from the Asper School of Business (Team Toba – JDC West) and GenNext members did two United Way Days of Caring to sort and organize the PJs for delivery.

Members of United Way’s GenNext Council also showed up on a cold night to sort and package the warm PJs for kids. It brought back happy memories for some of them.

GenNexters sort and package PJs for United Way agencies.

GenNexters sort and package PJs for United Way agencies.

“A bunch of us were talking about getting new pajamas as kids every Christmas and how nice that was. There are some families who can’t afford that,” said Diana King, chair of Community Involvement on the GenNext Council.

“And they’re all new, and some are even hand-made.”

PJs bagged and labelled for delivery to United Way agency partners.

PJs bagged and labelled for delivery to United Way agency partners.

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The drive is over now for another year, but there are still lots of opportunities for groups looking to help out in the community.

To give back through a collection drive or United Way Day of Caring contact Melissa at mburgess@unitedwaywinnipeg.mb.ca or 204-924-4273.

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Warm PJs, warm hearts.

Fuzzy suits headed for children after generosity finds PJ Drive.

The annual PJ Drive by the Manitoba Chiropractors Association (MCA) was a huge success, with over 2,700 sets of jammies collected by 32 participating chiropractic clinics.

“It’s such a nice thing. To think of all those children having a new set of jammies to snuggle into is really heartwarming,” said Hillary Gair, community involvement manager at United Way Winnipeg.

Mariah Baldwin (left), United Way community involvement associate, and Hillary Gair, community involvement manager, with a fraction of the 2,700+ sets of PJs collected by Manitoba Chiropractors Association members this year.

Mariah Baldwin (left), United Way community involvement associate, and Hillary Gair, community involvement manager, with a fraction of the 2,700+ sets of PJs collected by Manitoba Chiropractors Association members this year.

Gair said jammies have already been distributed to 25 United Way agency partners, with more going out this week.

“The PJ’s are so wonderfully cozy and will brighten the eyes of the children and warm the hearts of their parents,” said Diane O’Neil, executive director of the Canadian Muslim Women’s Institute after getting their shipment of warm, fuzzy suits.

MCA’s Chelsea Perrault, who helps organize the drive, is thrilled with the outcome – almost double their goal of 1,500 sets.

“I can’t even put it into words. I was just overwhelmed with the number of pajamas our members collected this year…it left me speechless when Hillary sent me that email and said the grand total was over 2700 pairs.”

The annual PJ Drive was started by Suzanne Stitt of Natural Wellness Chiropractic Centre six years ago before MCA joined in three years ago.

The drive is over now for another year, but Gair said there are still lots of opportunities for groups looking to help out in the community.

“There are many ways for people to give back through United Way, including a collection drive or Day of Caring.”

For more information on group volunteer opportunities contact Hillary Gair at
204-924-4273 or hgair@unitedwaywinnipeg.mb.ca