February 21, 2019

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Hanover Helps the Bruins PJ Drive!

The John Curtis Free Library has teamed up with the Boston Bruins to participate in their annual
pajama drive to benefit DCF Kids and Cradles to Crayons. The PJ Drive’s goal is to collect 12,000
pairs of new pajamas for children and teens in need.
The Pajama Drive runs from February 1 through March 15, 2019. The library will be collecting
new pajamas for babies, children and teens. A collection box for donations will be set up in the
library’s main lobby.
Bruins forward P.J. Axelsson and his wife, Siw, started the PJ drive during the Boston Bruins
2007-2008 season as a way to give to give back to their community. The couple collected 1,600
pairs of pajamas for Cradles to Crayons which connects with social service agencies to identify
specific children in need.
In 2017, the drive expanded to benefit DCF’s Wonderfund. DCF estimates that at any given time
the agency is working with 45,000 babies, children and teens. DCF’s participation helps ensure
that PJs stay in the area in which they were collected, benefitting local kids and teens.
Participating libraries will compete with other organizations for special Bruins prizes including a
street hockey clinic with Bruins Mascot Blades and autographed Bruins items.
The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) works with the Boston Bruins to
coordinate library participation in the drive. Libraries from around the state use the
Massachusetts Library System’s delivery service, typically used to send books and other library
materials, to send their PJs to area collection locations which increases libraries’ ability to
participate in the drive.