Preschool’s py­jama day sup­ports foster kids

The Leader (Nelson) - - FRONT PAGE - JESS GIBSON

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/

BRADEN FASTIER/ STUFF

Emily plays on the slide in her py­ja­mas, at Healthkids Preschool.

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