ESTEVAN - Estevan area residents are once again encouraged to donate new pairs of pyjamas for the Estevan Kinette Club’s annual PJ Project.
Chelsey Istace, who is the chairwoman for the PJ Project committee, said they started to accept donations last week. The Kinettes hope to provide a new pair of pyjamas to each young person who will receive a toy through the Community Hamper Association’s Angel Tree initiative this year.
“We’re still going to need the bigger sizes,” said Istace. “A lot of people like to buy the small, little, cute clothes and stuff like that, but we’re always lacking sizes six and up.”
Pyjamas can be dropped off at Jenny Joans until Dec. 10. People can donate cash or support the campaign through an e-transfer at firstname.lastname@example.org. Istace said it has been a popular option for those looking to contribute. She asks that people note it’s for the PJ Project when making an electronic donation.
The cash they receive will be used to purchase more pyjamas.
Istace said it’s important for people to purchase the PJs prior to the deadline so the Kinettes know what they have to shop for.
“Estevan does get sold out of pyjamas quite quickly, so we want to make sure we know what we need to shop for, and get our shopping done as quickly as possible, so that we can shop locally,” said Istace.
She believes they will need 400-450 pairs this year, but they won’t know for certain until they get all of the names of Angel Tree toy recipients. Last year they had approximately 465 kids on their list.
The Kinettes handed out virtually all of the pyjamas that they received last year, but they do have a few pairs left over from 2021.
“I feel like every kid deserves a new pair of pyjamas [for Christmas],” said Istace. “A lot of us, we have a family tradition that every Christmas, we get a new pair of cozy, warm pyjamas, and we just want to share that with our community and make sure that all of the children have that same, warm fuzzy feeling at Christmas time.”