New PJs a treat

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By TALIA CARLISLE

New py­ja­mas are worth jump­ing up and down for if you’ve never had your own pair.

Many foster chil­dren ar­rive at place­ments with noth­ing but the clothes on their back, which is where the char­ity Foster Hope steps in.

Welling­ton Foster Hope co­or­di­na­tor Jess An­der­son runs the Welling­ton re­gion’s com­po­nent of the char­ity, which pro­vides essen­tials for chil­dren go­ing into foster care.

A ma­jor part of the job is fill­ing back­packs for the chil­dren. The packs in­clude ba­sics such as tooth­paste, sham­poo and soap, plus books and soft toys.

Each year Foster Hope or­gan­ises a py­jama drive to ben­e­fit foster chil­dren.

Last year’s col­lec­tion pro­vided 300 pairs to chil­dren in the lower North Is­land.

An­der­son en­cour­ages peo­ple to do­nate new py­ja­mas sized from new­born to adults, still in their pack­ag­ing, to Cap­i­tal E on Queens Wharf or any of the drop- off points listed on fos­ter­hope.co.nz.

Photo: TALIA CARLISLE

Meg Boyd, 9, front, and sis­ter Char­lotte, 12, pro­mote the Foster Hope py­jama drive in Civic Square with Foster Hope co-or­di­na­tor Jess An­der­son and son Mac, 6.

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