ASHLAND -- April 16 is “National Wear Your Pajamas to Work” Day and Casey Cares Foundation is celebrating this quirky day by hosting its 6th annual Biggest Pajama Party all month long.
The organization is encouraging kids and adults alike to wear PJs to work, school or at home and find ways in which to collect new, two-piece pajamas and gift cards for pizza delivery.
Groups and individuals can send to Casey Cares (via regular mail or through Amazon Wish List) and items will then be distributed to pediatric patients on extended hospital stays and isolated/home-bound families who care for a critically ill child.
Casey Cares gives about 20,000 pajamas a year to area families and their goal for the month of April is 12,000. Casey Cares families live in the Mid-Atlantic area and Florida with about 213 families living in Ohio.
There are Casey Cares families in Ashland, Mount Vernon, Mansfield, and Shelby among many other cities as well as smaller communities in the state. The full list is below.
For more information about how to participate, visit https://www.caseycares.org/events/caseycaresbiggestpjparty.
“This pajama drive was inspired by one of our kiddos, Kamryn, who had a flair for fashion and wanted to wear cozy, soft pajamas instead of scratchy hospital gowns so she set out to help other kids like her," said Casey Baynes, Casey Cares Foundation executive director and founder. "This makes this promotion so special to us and we hope many will help us to collect these pajamas that truly bring a smile to a sick child.
“While we are all still struggling through these difficult times, we know that our families are struggling even more and our mission is to help them today and every day.”
Anyone can participate in this drive and here are some details about what is needed:
$10 or $20 gift cards for movies (Walmart, Amazon, Fandango, Netflix).
$10 or $20 gift cards for pizza (Papa Johns, Dominos, Pizza Hut, Ledo Pizza).
NEW two-piece Pajamas (infant and adult sizes are always the biggest need).
Casey Cares Ohio families live in Akron, Alliance, Ashland, Athens, Avon, Baltimore, Bay Village, Beachwood, Beavercreek, Bedford, Belpre, Blacklick, Bolivar, Brecksville, Broadway Heights, Brook Park, Brunswick, Caldwell, Cambridge, Campbell, Canal Winchester, Canton, Carrollton, Chagrin Falls, Chardon, Chargin Falls, Chesapeake, Cincinnati, Circleville, Cleveland, Cleveland Heights, Cleves, Clyde, Coldwater, Columbus, Copley, Cortland, Dayton, Delaware, Delta, Dublin, East Palestine, Elyria, Etna, Euclid, Fairborn, Farmersville, Galloway, Garfield Heights, Green Camp, Greenville, Hiram, Hurber Heights, Huron, Ironton, Jackson, Kenton, Killbuck, LaGrange, Lakewood, Lancaster, Lewis Center, Lewis Center, London, Lorain, Lore City, Louisville, Mansfield, Maplewood, Marengo, Marietta, Marion, Massillon, McCutchenville, Medina, Mentor, Miamisburg, Mogadore, Mount Vernon, New Lexington, North Canton, North Lewisburg, North Olmsted, North Ridgeville, Norwalk, Oakwood, OBetz, Olmsted Falls, Ottawa, Parma, Pataskala, Perrysburg, Pickerington, Piketon, Piqua, Pleasant City, Port Washington, Powell, Reynoldsburg, Rootstown, Sandusky, Seville, Shaker Heights, Sheffield Lake, Shelby, Sherrodsville, Springfield, St Clairsville, St Louisville, Stow, Streetsboro, Strongsville, Thompson, Toledo, Toronto, Uhrichsville, Walhonding, Warren, Warsaw, Waverly, Wellsville, West Unity, Westerville, Worthington and Youngstown.
About the Casey Cares Foundation
Founded in 2000, the Casey Cares Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that provides little moments and lasting memories for families with critically ill children by organizing family-centric events such as tickets to sporting events, concerts and museums, group parties, vacation getaways, birthday surprises and more.
Families are served in eight states and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit CaseyCares.org. Follow Casey Cares on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for all the latest information.