WILLIAMS, Ariz. - Community members can help local kids get a good night's sleep by donating a new pair of warm pajamas to the Williams Kiwanis Club's first pajama drive.
The Kiwanis Club got the idea for the drive from the national nonprofit organization the Pajama Program. Through the end of September, Kiwanis hopes to collect 250 pairs of winter pajamas for those in need. People can donate boys and girls pajamas from toddler sizes to size 16 or money for the club to purchase pajamas.
Kiwanis member and pajama drive organizer Carol Glassburn encouraged community members to donate.
"It's pretty bad when kids have to go to sleep without warm pajamas," she said. "Whatever people can do to help us."
Donations can be dropped off at Allstate Insurance, National Bank, Mountain Ranch Resort or the Williams and Forest Service Visitor Center.
Scholastic International partners with the Pajama Program to provide children's books for every pair of pajamas collected, which helps develop literacy skills.
"Snuggling up in new, warm pajamas with their very own book to read gives lonely children a secure and nurturing bedtime environment," Glassburn said. "A new pair of pajamas and a new book are a simple, tangible thing that an individual can give to make a difference."
Those wishing to make a monetary donation can write a check to Yes I Can, Inc. and mail it to the Williams Kiwanis Club at P.O. Box 414, Williams, AZ 86046. Donations are tax deductible.
Glassburn added that those who donate are "helping to give love and comfort to many children in Williams who need us when they close their eyes at bedtime."
More information is available from Glassburn at (928) 635-4503 or (928) 600-3493.