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Bruins Captain Zdeno Chara To Lead Bruins 9th Annual "PJ Drive" Presented By Freihofer's

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins

BOSTON, MA – The Boston Bruins are teaming up with Freihofer’s and Cradles to Crayons throughout the month of February to present the ninth Annual “PJ Drive” to benefit Massachusetts’ underprivileged youth. The PJ Drive provides new, unused pajamas to children in need across Massachusetts, Bruins Captain Zdeno Chara will lead this year’s PJ Drive for the second time. Over 75,000 Massachusetts children have received PJ’s through the Bruins PJ drive over the past eight years. The Boston Bruins will be hosting an in-game PJ collection drive at the TD Garden on Saturday, February 6th during their game against the Buffalo Sabres. Fans entering the Bruins game who donate a pair of new pajamas or $10 to Cradles to Crayons will be entered into a raffle to win Bruins prizes.

This year's presenting sponsor Freihofer's is making a donation as well as challenging their employees to get involved by placing collection bins in 5 of their distribution centers in Wilmington, Millbury, Rehoboth, Middleboro and Yarmouth.

There will be multiple other events for the PJ drive scheduled throughout February. More information about these events is listed below. Schools, libraries and other organizations who have signed up to participate in the PJ Drive will engage in a friendly competition to collect the most pajamas and/or financial donations, the top three organizations will win Bruins prizes. The grand prize winner will win a street hockey clinic with a Bruins Alum; the second place winner will receive a Boston Bruins spirit day at their school or library with the Bruins mascot, Blades; the third place winner will receive 200 Boston Bruins PJ Drive Commemorative hockey pucks. Any organization interested in signing their group up to host a drive may do so by emailing pj_drive@cradlestocrayons.org.

BOSTON BRUINS PJ DRIVE COLLECTION EVENTS:
 
BRUINS IN-GAME COLLECTION DRIVE
WHAT: Fans entering the Bruins game who donate a pair of new, unused pajamas or $10 to Cradles to Crayons will be entered into a raffle to win Bruins prizes
WHEN: Saturday, February 6, 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: Turnstiles, 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114
 
PJ DANCE PARTY
WHAT: Children are encouraged to wear PJs to the PJ Dance Party with DJ Ooch and Bruins Mascot Blades. Admission is one new, unused pair of pajamas per child.
WHEN: Thursday, February 18, 1:00PM to 3:00PM
WHERE: Bourne Public Library, 100 Trowbridge Road, Bourne, MA, the Canal Room
 
FMC ICE SPORTS PUBLIC SKATE
WHAT: Skaters are encouraged to donate a pair of new pajamas during the weekend of February 19th-21st at any of the 24 FMC locations during their Public Skate time. Visit www.fmcicesports.com for their complete Public Skate schedule.
WHEN: Friday, February 19th – Sunday, February 21st
WHERE: All 24 FMC locations across Massachusetts

PJ STORY TIME
WHAT: Children are encouraged to wear PJs to the story time as well as donate a new pair of PJs. Blades and Ice Girls will be on hand to help with story time and a craft.
WHEN: Saturday, February 20, 2016 10:30am-11:15am
WHERE: Norfolk Public Library, 139 Main Street, Norfolk, MA

About Cradles to Crayons
Cradles to Crayons provides children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive - at home, at school and at play. They supply these items free of charge by engaging and connecting communities that have with communities that need.
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