Pajama drive for children in need |

Pajama drive for children in need

An effort to collect new, warm pajamas and books for children in need will be held Oct. 15 at Tahoe Tot Spot, 1012 Al Tahoe Blvd.

The clothing and book drive will benefit the Pajama Program, which started in 2000 to help children in shelters and group homes. Since then, the organization has provided more than 513,000 pajamas and 260,000 books to children nationwide.

“When I first volunteered as a reader with children who didn’t have pajamas, a safe home with a bed, and a mom or dad to tuck them in, my heart broke,” said program founder Genevieve Piturro. “I had to tell everyone I knew to give me new pajamas and books for these children for bedtime. Thank goodness people heard me.”

Northern Nevada Chapter co-president Christy Bertholf has been in the process of organizing drives locally to collect new pajamas and new books.

“So far we have one drive planned at Tahoe Tot Spot in South Lake Tahoe on Oct. 15 and my fellow co-president Melanie Heilig has planned a month-long drive at Loka Tile in Sparks for the entire month of November. They are offering a discount to customers who make a donation.”

For more information about drives and donations, please e-mail

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