Every year we are truly humbled by the support we receive from community groups, schools, businesses and individuals for Kidz First Jammies in June.
We started receiving pyjamas the end of May and have already distributed over 1,400 pairs to children in need. We have also received $4,300 in donations which we use to buy more pyjamas, socks, slippers and blankets. Everything we receive goes directly to the children in our community.
The reasons for participating have been very heartwarming. Particularly a comment from Lisa Neish, Willowbank School “We do this every year as it is important for our children to develop some empathy for those children who are less fortunate than themselves”.
Everyone’s time and effort in helping children stay warm and free from sickness this winter is greatly appreciated. Thank you to those who have donated and will be donating at the end of the campaign.
The variety of ways pyjamas are being collected has been remarkable, for example;
Unichem Meadowlands has an in-store promotion, when you donate a pair of pyjamas you go in the draw to win a wellness hamper
Quest Highbrook are matching all staff pyjama donations
Olivia Wilson (8yrs old) has done a pamphlet drop in her neighbourhood and posted on neighbourly asking people to donate pyjamas
First Step Waiuku are asking families of the children attending to donate pyjamas
Megan Tomkins is using her social and work network to collect pyjamas with her son.
Panmure Library are holding special story time events and wriggle sessions where you donate pyjamas or money to join in
Bayfield School had a pyjama drive collection and children could wear pyjamas to school for a day in return for a gold coin donation
Garrisons Public House are donating $2 for every kids meal sold and for every pair of pyjamas the public donate they get a free coffee
Charlotte Hurst is collecting from friends, family, work colleagues and members of the community