A Main Line Family Gives
Nurture a spirit of giving in your children this holiday season by shopping for warm cozy pajamas with them to donate to children in need with Plaid Pajamas.
‘Tis the season for giving! Instilling a charitable spirit in your child can be challenging, but Plaid Pajamas has universal appeal, to get local people in need bundled up in comfortable, warm, and new pajamas donated from generous families and children in the area. The idea is simple- founder Pamela Badolato used the popular family tradition of giving new pajamas at Christmas to inspire her to come up with a way to help her children learn about the giving part of the holiday season. A season where it’s so easy for children to focus on making their own lists of what they want to receive. She wanted to help her children, and other children around her, to remember how important is to give as well.
Since 2014 over 10,000 pairs of pajamas were delivered to over 2 dozen non-profit organizations including Cradles to Crayons, Head Start Philadelphia, Turning Points for Children, Great Valley Baptist Church, T&E Cares, St Christopher’s Hospital, Ronald McDonald House, Horizon House, and MORE in the Philadelphia region, as well as Pittsburgh, PA and New Haven, CT for some of the years.
How You Can Help
Send a donation or sponsor a specific recipient
For 2022 Plaid Pajamas is requesting donations via PayPal (please send as “friends and family” NOT “goods/services”) to email@example.com or Venmo to @pamelabadolato. You may select a child from their SignUp Genius form that is set up for T&E Care (this link expires on 12/4). There are registries set up via Target for the various Head Start classes that receive pajamas as well.
Coordinate a Pajama Drive
There are endless ways to collect pajamas! Place a bin in your business or office and ask people who come in to contribute. If you host a holiday get together or cookie exchange request that in lieu of a hostess gift that your guests bring a pajama donation. Plaid Pajamas tells us that there have even been children who asked for pajama donations instead of birthday gifts at their parties- this can happen any time of year! Challenge your Scout troop, your sports team, your dance school, anywhere kids gather to collect pajamas and talk to them about the importance of giving.
Encourage a local business you love to host a donation bin or donate a portion of their sales to help Plaid Pajamas volunteers buy more pajamas.
Visit plaidpajamasproject.com and contact Pamela Badolato at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Pajamas that go to T&E Care are delivered to that organization by 12/4/2022. Other pajama deliveries are made the week of 12/16 so donations should be sent in advance of that.
Discover more opportunities to volunteer with your family this holiday season at mainlineparent.com/volunteer.
Header photo by John Sturgis Photography.