Abbot Public Library has teamed up with the Boston Bruins and Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, as well as other libraries, schools, and organizations, to participate in the 16th annual Boston Bruins PJ Drive to benefit the Department of Children and Families’ (DCF) Wonderfund and Cradles to Crayons. The PJ Drive’s goal is to collect 10,000 pairs of new pajamas. Many of the pajamas donated go to local DCF offices in the area in which they were collected, benefitting local kids and teens. DCF estimates that at any given time the agency is working with 50,000 babies, children, and teens
The Boston Bruins PJ Drive runs through March 15, 2023. The library will be collecting new pairs of pajamas for babies, children, and teens, particularly the following sizes:
- Girls: 12-18 months, 18-24 months, 5/6 (child S), 18/20 (child XXL/adult M)
- Boys: 12-18 months, 18-24 months, 10/12 (child L), 14/16 (child XL/adult S), 18/20 (child XXL/adult M)
To donate, please bring new pajamas to Abbot Public Library, currently located at 3 Brook Road in Marblehead, during open hours. The donation box is located right inside the main entrance. If you are unable to bring pjs or prefer to participate monetarily, you can make a donation online.
Bruins forward P.J. Axelsson and his wife, Siw, started the PJ drive during the Boston Bruins 2007-2008 season as a way to give back to their community. The couple collected 1,600 pairs of pajamas for Cradles to Crayons which connects with social service agencies to identify specific children in need. Libraries from across the state joined the PJ Drive in 2014 and have collected over 53,000 pairs of pajamas since then.
The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners works with the Boston Bruins to coordinate library participation in the PJ Drive. For more information visit here.