TADL and Pathfinder Team up for Annual Pajama Drive

MyNorth News Service

(Press Release provided by TADL)

TRAVERSE CITY: The Traverse Area District Library (TADL) is teaming up with the Pathfinder School to host its second annual pajama drive March 1-14.

Area residents are asked to donate new, with tags, pajamas ranging in size from newborn to teen. Pajamas are being collected in the Youth Services Department at the Main Library located at 610 Woodmere Ave., Traverse City, as well as at the Pathfinder School located at 11930 S West Bay Shore Dr., Traverse City.

All pajamas collected in the drive will be donated to local children and teens in need, including those staying at Traverse City’s Goodwill Inn.

The pajama drive is a collaboration between TADL and the Pajama Program: One Million Good Nights, a nonprofit organization that provides new pajamas to children in need.

This is the second year the library is hosting the Pajama Drive after a very successful first attempt.

“Last year, we received a great outpouring of support from our community,” said Cathy Lancaster, TADL Coordinator of Youth Services. “It was a community effort that not only was a benefit to those in need but also helped our younger patrons learn about charitable acts of kindness.”

By teaming up with the Pathfinder School, students will learn about community service and outreach through their local library. Fourth, fifth, and sixth graders will sort and count all collected pajamas. TADL Youth Services will visit with K-3 grades bringing along a guest speaker from Goodwill. Together they will talk about helping others in need and community service with a special story time and art project.

The pajama drive will conclude on Saturday, March 14 with a “Pajama Jam Party & Puppet Show” at 11 a.m. in the McGuire Room at the Main Library. In addition to the puppet show, the event will include stories, songs, and more. Children are invited to wear their own pajamas and even bring their favorite stuffed animal.

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TADL, a network of community libraries, is a district library system comprised of six public library facilities funded by a dedicated countywide millage. TADL operates under a Board-approved $4.7 million budget providing support for public library services online and in six facilities in addition to operations from the TADL Talking Book Library. Learn more at www.tadl.org/about.

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