CSUSB PJ collection drive for at-risk youth called a success


A Cal State San Bernardino drive to collect pajamas for at-risk children, ages six months to 18 years in the San Bernardino foster care system, gathered more than 1,200 pajama sets and raised nearly $15,000 in donations.

Pajamas_MP900314047Last October, under the theme, “Uniting for Social Justice,” the CSUSB-based Educational Counseling Graduate Student Association launched its second annual drive in partnership with the San Bernardino County Children’s Fund.

The association collected 1,252 pairs of pajamas and specially made booties and beanies from the donations, said Melissa Jones, event coordinator for the association.

“We are very excited about these numbers and none of this would have been possible without dedicated and caring people who participated,” Jones said. “On behalf of the ECGSA, I would like to thank everyone for their help in spreading the word about the drive, getting boxes for us and all the work that was done to really make this drive a success.”

The group had collection points set up all over the Cal State San Bernardino campus for the drive, which ended on Nov. 30.

For more information, visit the ECGSA website or contact Aurora Vilchis at (909) 537-3889.

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