Preschool’s pyjama day supports foster kids
Toddlers and teachers rugged up in their jammies at Healthkids preschool to help keep foster children warm this winter.
In its first ever ‘‘pyjama day’’ fundraiser, the preschool collected pyjamas and money from the community to donate to foster children in the Nelson and Marlborough areas through the Foster Hope organisation.
Healthkids managed to fill a whole box of donations, includ- ing three big bags of pyjamas and some cash that will all help towards Foster Hope’s goal of 10,000 pyjamas nationwide.
The organisation focuses on the pyjama drive during May and June, but takes donations of clothes, books and sanitary products throughout the year to make up kits for children who are removed from homes.
Foster Hope co-ordinater Leonie McLachlan said the aim of the project was to make sure children going into foster care knew that someone cared about them.
It also helped new caregivers to focus on the emotional needs when a child arrived, rather than having to run around doing late night shopping.
Healthkids head-teacher Rachel Woodyear-Smith said the day brought a lot of excitement.
‘‘Some turned up in their pyjamas to drop the kids off,’’ Woodyear-Smith said.
Staff at Healthkids decided to participate after one of the parents saw an article about an urgent ‘pyjama plea’ and asked them to help.
Woodyear-Smith said a special jammie day breakfast might be on the cards next year.
Fostering Kids worker Denise Green has already picked up the pyjamas on behalf of Foster Hope, but said donations could still be made through the Marlborough Foster Hope Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ fosterhopemarlborough/
Emily plays on the slide in her pyjamas, at Healthkids Preschool.