ESTEVAN — The Estevan Kinettes wrapped up another successful season of their annual PJ Project, collecting hundreds of pyjamas so that all kids on their list would have a new set to put on for Christmas.
Chelsey Istace, who is the chairwoman for the PJ Project committee, said donations this year came in waves, but after all, they were able to collect over 400 pairs and reach their goal.
"Donations of pyjamas started off slow the first week and then the last two weeks it really took off," Istace shared. "We had long-time supporters like the Dustin Pratt Memorial Fund and the Wicklow Centre donating larger size pjs as they have the past few years.
“The Estevan Bruins reached out and asked us to come and collect at one of their games. We had family and friends contacting the Kinettes asking how they could help, and we were receiving donations up until the night before we started giving them out."
Thanks to the support coming from local individuals and businesses, altogether the PJ Project went smoother than before, Istace said.
"This year, collecting pjs was a lot less stressful than most because of all of the support we had coming in from our community."
Most sets of pyjamas were donated to the organization, but in the end, they still had to go out and do some shopping using monetary donations to get all the needed sizes. The committee ended up buying more than 100 pairs of pyjamas with most being purchased in Estevan and a few pairs bought in Weyburn due to lack of sizes.
"Thank you to everyone who gave monetary donations as it helped us fill in all the missing sizes," Istace said.
"The Estevan Kinettes would like to thank everyone for their continued support. We want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!"
Pyjamas were distributed during the days and from the location of the Angel Tree Toy Store. All kids that were on the Angel Tree list this year also received a pair of pyjamas from the Estevan Kinette’s PJ Project.