Pyjama donations will mean sweet dreams for foster kids
  • Saturday 29 May 2010

Children in foster care often arrive at their new homes with nothing but the clothes on their back, so Sunshine Coast Libraries are running a Pyjama Drive to collect PJs especially for them.

The Pyjama Drive is running until 16 July and local libraries together with The Pyjama Foundation are asking for donations of brand new pyjamas for boys and girls, both winter and summer styles, in sizes 0000 – adult.

Like Sunshine Coast Libraries, The Pyjama Foundation also promotes reading, literacy and learning.

There are currently 31,000 kids in care throughout Australia and by the age of seven, 92 per cent of these children are below the average reading level.

Consequently, The Pyjama Foundation calls on volunteers from the community – Pyjama Angels – to mentor foster children through a literacy-based program called ‘Love of Learning’.

As part of the mentoring program, the Pyjama Angels visit children at their foster homes and read them stories to inspire a love of reading and writing.

The Sunshine Coast’s Pyjama Foundation coordinator Sue Cluff said the Pyjama Drive is a worthy cause that the community should get behind to improve the quality of life of children in foster care on the Coast.

“The Pyjama Foundation aims to collect a pair of brand new pyjamas for every one of the 31,000 children who are in foster care in Australia. Such a small gesture will make a huge difference to their young lives,” Ms Cluff said.

Team Leader of Community Access Programs and Services, Jacqueline Walch, said the Pyjama Drive is an initiative the whole community can easily become involved in.

“As well as being able to drop pyjamas off at your local library, we are encouraging local businesses to become pyjama collection points for the community,” Ms Walch said. “Interested parties should visit the Pyjama Foundation website to find out more.”

Donations can be made at the following Sunshine Coast Library branches:

LibraryLocationPhoneOpening times
BeerwahPeachester Rd, Beerwah5494 0221Mon, Thurs, Fri, 9 - 5.30pm
Tues, 9 - 6.30pm
Wed, 1.30 - 5.30pm
Sat, 9 - 3.00pm
CaloundraOmrah Avenue, Caloundra5491 1255Mon, Wed, Fri, 9-5.30pm
Tues & Thurs, 9-8.30pm
Sat, 9-12pm
CoolumPark Street, Coolum5446 3122Mon, Wed, Thurs & Fri, 9-5.30pm
Tues, 9-7pm
Sat, 9-5pm
CooroyMaple St, Cooroy5454 9000Mon-Fri, 9-5.30pm
Sat, 9-12pm
KawanaNanyima St, Buddina5444 8022Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri, 9-5.30pm
Thurs, 9-8.30pm
Sat, 9-12pm
KenilworthElizabeth St, Kenilworth5446 0101Mon-Thurs, 2-5pm
Fri, 10-3pm
Sat, 9-12pm
MalenyCoral St, Maleny5429 6222Mon, Wed, Thurs & Fri, 9-5.30pm
Tues, 9-6.30pm
Sat, 9-12pm
MaroochydoreSixth Avenue, Cotton Tree5475 8900Mon, Wed & Fri, 9-5.30pm
Tues & Thurs, 9-8pm
Sat, 9-5pm
NambourCnr Currie and Bury Streets, Nambour5441 8332Mon, Wed, Fri, 9-5.30pm
Tues & Thurs, 9-8pm
Sat, 9-12pm
NoosaWallace Drive, Noosaville5442 4411Mon-Fri, 9.30-6pm
Sat-Sun, 9.30-3pm

For more info visit the pyjama foundation website.