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P.J.'s Pajama Drive Yields 12,000 PJ's

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
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Boston, MA - Bruins forward P.J Axelsson and the Boston Bruins are proud to announce that the Second Annual "PJ's Pajama Drive" collected more than 12,000 pairs of pajamas during the month of February, beating their goal by more than 5,000 pairs. The pajamas will be donated to Cradles to Crayons, a Quincy-based nonprofit organization that helps homeless and in-need children, and distributed to children throughout the Greater Boston area.

As part of the month-long drive, local schools were encouraged to participate by holding their own pajama collections. Students and their families throughout Massachusetts contributed a total of 6,048 pairs of pajamas to the Drive. The 488 students of Dolbeare Elementary School in Wakefield, MA collected the most pajamas of all the participating schools, with 1,424. Axelsson and Blades the Bruins mascot will visit Dolbeare Elementary at a date to-be-determined to congratulate them on collecting the most pajamas of any school in Massachusetts and thank them for their support.

BJ’s Wholesale Club also played an integral role in the collection, as BJ's Home Office, BJ's members and three of their vendor partners - American Marketing Enterprises, Carter's, and Sara’s Prints - combined to collect more than 5,300 pairs of pajamas.

“BJ’s is extremely proud to partner with P.J. Axelsson of the Boston Bruins and Cradles to Crayons to exceed our collection goal, providing more than 12,000 pajamas for children in-need across Massachusetts,” said BJ’s President & CEO Laura Sen. "We sincerely thank our Members, Team Members, and Vendor Partners for helping us ensure that children are tucked into bed with the warm feeling that someone cares."

Bruins fans contributed an additional 379 pajamas and a monetary donation of $458 during an in-game collection on February 28. Cradles to Crayons meanwhile collected $500 through online donations to their website.

Axelsson and his wife Siw started P.J.'s Pajama Drive during the 2007-08 season as a way of giving back to their community. They collected 1,600 pairs of pajamas for Cradles to Crayons during the first year. After learning of the tremendous need this year for pajamas, they set a donation goal of 7,000. Thanks to the generous support of Bruins fans, schools throughout the state, BJ’s Wholesale Club and Cradles to Crayons, this year’s Pajama Drive eclipsed that goal by more than 5,000 pairs of pajamas.

About Cradles-to-Crayons
Founded in 2002, Cradles to Crayons (C2C) is an innovative Quincy-based nonprofit organization that equips homeless and in-need children with the basic essentials they need to feel safe, warm, ready to learn and valued. While meeting the immediate needs of low-income children, C2C also sets a foundation for lasting change by providing meaningful, tangible volunteer opportunities to thousands of individuals and hundreds of organizations each year.
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