With help from Massachusetts libraries, the soared passed its target goal of 6,750 PJs and collected more than 8,312 pairs of new pajamas and $11,298.31 in financial donations. This is a new record for the drive.
Massachusetts libraries represented 68 of the 99 participating organizations in this year’s drive and collected more than 6,000 pairs of pajamas and more than $3,500 in financial donations. The MLS and Optima, our Delivery partner, make it easy for libraries to participate by allowing donated PJs to travel through library Delivery.
What happens to all of those PJs once they are picked up from participating libraries? They are gathered at Optima’s Wilmington warehouse for delivery to the MBLC in Boston. Last year, a special delivery was arranged to send an entire truck of pajamas to the MBLC. This year, when over six pallets worth of pajamas mounted up in Wilmington, pick up was arranged there. MBLC staff sent a huge thank you to Optima staff for helping them pick up the pajamas for delivery to Cradles to Candles.
It was an eye popping haul, thanks to libraries, the MBLC and Optima!