New PJs a treat
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.
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.