Putting on your pajamas before heading to bed at night seems like a normal routine for most people. But, there are plenty of children in the United States—and around the world—who would love to have that luxury.
The Rasmussen College Romeoville/Joliet campus recognized this need and stepped up during the holiday season to provide pajamas and books through the nonprofit Pajama Program to children 18-years-old and younger.
In addition to providing pajamas to children throughout the nation, the nonprofit also provides books so children have a bedtime story. Most of the children in this program are also waiting to be adopted, and do not know the comforts of a mother or father to tuck them into a cozy bed with a story at night.
“For this specific time of year, we’re happy to know our donations will help give children warm, snuggly pajamas,” said Asiyah Jafary, Romeoville/Joliet medical assisting program coordinator. “Kids love being read to. It’s a feeling of comfort in a safe environment.”
The campus collected 52 books and pajamas, and offered a raffle for those who donated items. For every person that brought in something to donate, they received a raffle ticket. Some of the items given away at the raffle Dec. 22 were a smart watch and gift cards to RasMall (the college’s store).
Jafary uses VolunteerMatch to help find charities to donate to and ways for her students to get involved.
“I just enjoy being able to assist with helping children,” Jafary said. “It’s such a great feeling to get donations from those that come through the campus and from community members.”
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