Pyjamarama mamma makes collection
Pyjamas for foster kids is a project Palmerston North nurse Olive Ruby has taken to heart.
For the past couple of years the Mid-Central DHB infection prevention and control nurse has been collecting new pairs of pyjamas on behalf of Foster Hope, a charity set up in 2010 to benefit the 5000 New Zealand children in state foster care.
‘‘The drive is part of a national drive by Foster Hope NZ to give foster kids going into foster care something special that is new.’’
‘‘Often these children move frequently and have very few things to call their own,’’ Ruby said.
‘‘I’ve been doing it myself, but I thought it would be a whole lot better if other people helped. If a lot of people contributed a little, then we could put together a reasonable collection of pyjamas.’’
Ruby spread the word, and in just over a fortnight Mid-Central DHB staff came up with 59 pairs of new pyjamas for the children.
As well as pyjamas, staff had also donated socks, beanies, blankets and dressing gowns.
‘‘Foster Hope also do backpacks that they fill with things the children can call their own so they’re not taking their stuff around in a plastic rubbish sack. No child should think they belong in the rubbish.’’
Ruby said the national goal was to collect 5000 pairs of pyjamas this winter.
‘‘There is no Manawatu branch of Foster Hope; we’re covered by Wellington, but if people want to contribute they can drop off new
‘‘No child should think they belong in the rubbish.’’ Olive Ruby, Foster Hope
pairs of pyjamas to Winterwoods Lawyers near Paper Plus on The Square, and to Manchester House in Feilding.’’
Foster Hope founder Louise Allnutt said the pyjama campaign was taking off around the country.
‘‘It’s something people can get involved with really easily - a $10 pair of pyjamas.’’
‘‘What local people donate its passed directly on to local children, so we’re not shipping stuff all over the country.’’
Something as simple as a new pair of pyjamas can have wonderful impacts on children’s selfesteem, as foster kids can tend to feel like they’re second-hand themselves.
While Foster Hope is looking for nightwear from newborn to 17 years, Allnutt said they are sometimes short of pjs for the 12 to 17 age group.
The charity also distributes donated current carseats, children’s DVDs, and clothing.
MidCentral DHB nurse Olive Ruby with some of the donated pyjamas.