BOSTON, MA - The Boston Bruins are teaming up with Cradles to Crayons®, Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and Department of Children and Families throughout the month of February to present the 10th Annual "PJ Drive" presented by Freihofer's and Roche Brothers to benefit children living in low-income and homeless situations in Massachusetts. 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 84,000 Massachusetts children have received PJs through the Bruins PJ drive over the past nine years. The Boston Bruins will be hosting an in-game PJ collection drive at the TD Garden on Saturday, February 4 during their game against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Fans that donate a pair of new PJs at TD Garden or donate $10 to Cradles to Crayons will be entered into a raffle to win Bruins prizes. This year's goal is to collect 10,000 PJs and $10,000 to serve 11,000 children.
Several other PJ Drive events are 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 Alumni; the second place winner will receive a Boston Bruins spirit day at their school or library with the Bruins mascot, Blades; and 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
BOSTON BRUINS PJ DRIVE COLLECTION EVENTS:
PJ DRIVE KICKOFF
WHAT: First Lady of the Commonwealth Lauren Baker and Bruins Mascot Blades, joined by Cradles to Crayons Founder and CEO, Lynn Margherio, will host a story time and craft activity at the Boston Public Library Children's Room (main branch) to kick off the 10th Annual Boston Bruins PJ Drive presented by Freihofer's and Roche Brothers.
WHEN: Wednesday, February 1, 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
WHERE: Boston Public Library Children's Room, 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA
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 4, 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: Turnstiles, 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114
PJ DRIVE EVENT
WHAT: Come to the Sandwich Public Library to visit with Bruins Mascot Blades and Bruins Promo Team members.
WHEN: Saturday, February 4, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
WHERE: Sandwich Public Library, 142 Main Street, Sandwich, MA
PJ STORY TIME
WHAT: Enjoy a special Pajama Story & craft time with Bruins Mascot Blades and Bruins Promo Team members!
WHEN: Friday, February 10, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
WHERE: Leominster Public Library, 30 West Street, Leominster, MA
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 23, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
WHERE: Bourne Public Library, 100 Trowbridge Road, Bourne, MA, the Canal Room
COZY STORY TIME
WHAT: Patrons & staff will wear pajamas, do crafts, read a story and have some hot cocoa with Bruins' Mascot Blades and Bruins Promo Team members!
WHEN: Friday, February 24, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
WHERE: Topsfield Public Library, 1 S Common Street, Topsfield, MA
PJ STORY TIME
WHAT: Pajama story time with Bruins Mascot Blades and Bruins Promo Team members.
WHEN: Saturday, February 18, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
WHERE: Weymouth Public Library, 46 Broad Street, Weymouth, MA
About Cradles to Crayons
Cradles to Crayons launched in 2002 and has operations in Boston, Philadelphia, and Chicago. The nonprofit 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. Cradles to Crayons mobilizes communities of plenty on behalf of communities of need, recycling and reusing high-quality children's goods and engaging thousands of youth and adults in tangible service activities each year that benefit local children. For more information go to www.cradlestocrayons.org.