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Pyjama drive exceeds expectations

Dion Durdle with the Pictou County Salvation Army, Courtney MacDonald, Lynn Larsen and Heather Cooley with Sobeys proudly display some of the more than 200 pairs of pyjamas purchased in this year’s Christmas Pyjama Drive.
Dion Durdle with the Pictou County Salvation Army, Courtney MacDonald, Lynn Larsen and Heather Cooley with Sobeys proudly display some of the more than 200 pairs of pyjamas purchased in this year’s Christmas Pyjama Drive. - Sam Macdonald

NEW GLASGOW

Thanks to the efforts of a number of dedicated volunteers, there will be a lot of cozy kid rocking new pyjamas on Christmas morning.

By the time Christmas Pyjama Drive president Lynn Larsen spoke with The News at the Aberdeen Sobeys on Tuesday afternoon, the drive had amassed over 200 pairs – and counting – of pyjamas.

Its our third year doing the Pyjama Drive, and in our first year we bought 50 pairs; in our second year, we bought 100 – and now, in our third year, we have over 200 pairs, said a jubilant Larsen, standing in front of a veritable plentitude of pyjamas arrayed at the Aberdeen Sobeys.

Donations this year were a mixture of pairs of pyjamas bought by the staff at Sobeys, and the public – and pairs purchased with money made through various fundraisers. These included casual days; 50/50 draws; Survivor Days; chili dinners and – of course – PJ Days.

Larsen said the plan is to donate the pyjamas to the Salvation Army, which will provide them to kids in need through its Toy Drive campaign.

My goal this year was 200, said Larsen. And it feels wonderful to give back to the community this way. Our original goal, when we started this three years ago, was to make sure there were as many children as possible with new pyjamas when Santa visits.

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