Valentine Hosts a Pajama Collection Party for Needy

Photo courtesy Cindy Yung Valentine Elementary students Hannah Yung and Yoav Lovinger helped collect pajamas for children at shelters.
Photo courtesy Cindy Yung
Valentine Elementary students Hannah Yung and Yoav Lovinger helped collect pajamas for children at shelters.

It was party time at Valentine Elementary School on Friday as its students dressed for the occasion: a pajama collection drive.
The school spent all last week collecting new sets of pajamas for the Los Angeles chapter of the Pajama Program, an organization that strives to ensure children living at shelters are afforded a clean, comfortable night’s sleep. Altogether, 536 sets of pajamas were collected.
“Which is amazing,” said Cindy Yung, co-chair of the Valentine PTA community outreach. “I don’t think we’ve ever gotten that many before.”
Yung, who organized the drive along with fellow co-chair Dana Lovinger, said half of the pajamas will be sent out to families who are currently displaced from
recent California wildfires.
“I know they’re in the most immediate need,” Yung said. “Both the wildfire victim families and the Pajama Program will benefit from this large number of donations.”
To celebrate the week of collecting, students and faculty at Valentine showed up to school on Friday in their own pajamas. Fifth-grade students sorted and counted the collected pajamas at the end of the day.
“The kids get really excited to bring in the sets of pajamas,” said Valentine Principal Colleen Shields. “I just think it’s a really nice activity and gives the kids an opportunity to help out families and other kids in need.”
The Pajama Program takes sets of pajamas for infants and also for children ages 6 through 12 and distributes them to foster care agencies, head start programs and other types of shelters and group homes. Valentine has held this drive for years, and Yung said it has become something of an informal tradition at the school.
“It’s near and dear to many peoples’ hearts,” she said. “It was great, because I took my daughter out shopping and we picked out both boy and girl pajamas. Our kids have so much and I think it’s important for them to know what they can do to give back to others.”

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