Helping children sleep tight

Annual PJs drive ends soon!

By Sarah Whitmire

Knightly News Reporter

The pajama-drive basket in Bollinger Hall. Come on — let’s fill it! Photo by Sarah Whitmire

Until Dec. 9, the Colleges Against Cancer Club will be accepting donations of children’s pajamas for patients in Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital in honor of a young boy named Harrison, who beat childhood cancer.

This is the third year in a row the club has collected pajamas. This year’s campaign began on Nov. 1.

With Christmas just around the corner, many people are looking for the opportunity to give to a good cause and, according to Helen Fischman, Harrison’s mother, pajamas were important during the time he spent in the hospital, so she wants to give the same gift that helped her son during trying stays at the facility.

“I cannot express to you how important pajamas were to me,” Fischman said. “As soon as Harrison was removed from the ventilator, the first thing I did after holding him was put him in pajamas … However, we could possibly go through five or six pajama changes in a day. Had it not been for the donations of pajamas, Harrison wouldn’t have had pajamas to bridge the gap.”

Pajama donations must be new clothing, and have tags in sizes from infant to adult, for patients ranging from babies to teenagers to accommodate for all ages.

The pajamas will be delivered to Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital on Dec. 10, a week before Harrison’s sixth birthday.

To donate, use the bins that Colleges Against Cancer has placed in ATEC, and in Bollinger and Milano halls.

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Edited by media-club co-adviser and blog editor Professor Michael Lear-Olimpi.