LABRADOR CITY, N.L.
Melinda Myers of Labrador City knows how it feels to be given a pair of brand new pajamas to wear on Christmas Eve. It’s a feeling she’d like all children and youth in Labrador West to experience.
“I grew up in a home with a single parent because my dad passed away when I was only nine and my brother was 12. But, every Christmas Eve, we received new pajamas and that was a highlight in our home,” Myers said.
A gift of pajamas for the holiday season is a tradition that Myers and her family continue to this day.
When she went looking for a way to give back to her community six years ago, Myers decided she would like to hold a pajama drive for less fortunate children and youth in the area.
During the first year of her “Pajamas for Kids” project, she collected over 1,100 pairs of new pajamas. Hundreds of pairs have been donated to her pajama drive every year since, she said.
“Even during the hard years in our community, I’ve still collected over 400 pairs of pajamas,” she said. “Every year I have some left over which gives me a head start for the next year.”
Myers also donates extra sleepwear to the local shelter or any other children and youth in need during other times of the year.
Sixth annual Pajamas for Kids
Myers has already started collecting pajamas for this year’s project and is encouraging people to donate sleepwear of all sizes.
She has four drop boxes in place (Officeworks, Ken-Tech/ Bell Aliant, Gallery 201 and the Labrador City Post Office).
Myers is delighted to be teamed up with Toys for Joys again this year in distributing the pajamas to children and youth in need.
Her project was also supported by the Knights of Columbus when they were involved with Toys for Joys in the past, she said.
While the pajama drive is Myers’s initiative, she stressed it’s the people who donate pajamas who deserve credit for the project’s “amazing success.”
“There’s just so much generosity in our communities including our neighbouring community of Fermont who also help out and donate,” she said.
Myers will be accepting donations until about mid-December.
“When you are sorting the pajamas and you know where they are going (to children and youth in need), it just melts your heart. Because I was one of those kids who didn’t have a lot when my dad passed away. So, to get those new pajamas was huge. And now this (project) is a very big part of my Christmas,” she said.
For information about Myers project visit Pajamas for Kids Labrador West on Facebook or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.