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Keeping warm in pajamas

"We don't want to alienate the children if they can't donate," she said. "If a child wants to put something in the bin when they get into school, that's fine, but we don't want to say this classroom collected more than another classroom."

The drive was conducted back in April, but Greco said the pajamas were not delivered until recently. She said she would like to do the drive again next year but sometime in February, as to avoid the Christmas rush. It would help keep the children warm in comfortable pajamas throughout the cold winter months.

Eugene White, spokesperson for Northeast Parent and Child Society, said the donation by the Blue Creek students filled a particular need the residents at the shelter had. He said the student council had contacted the organization and worked with them to figure out how they could help.

"They contacted us and found and specific need and filled that need," he said. "It's never an obvious answer... Every child's need is different. Many kids arrive with nothing. Just the clothes on their back."

White said the organization was very thankful for such a large donation made by the students at Blue Creek and that it is something it encourages more students to do.

"It was a really great gift," he said. "We're very grateful to the students at Blue Creek. They did something vital for our residents. Whenever a young student gets involved in something philanthropic, it's a seed that grows."

White said that it always helps when people contact Northeast Parent and Child Society to see what particular needs have to be filled. You can do so by visiting www.neparentchild.org/goblue to see what you can do to get involved.

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