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Kiwanis Clubs Annual PJ Drive Sets New Record

Jan 11, 2023 12:00AM ● By By MaryAnne Povey

Kiwanis Club PJ volunteers and coordinators Amy Bahm, Shellee McAsey and Kathleen Massae organize the pajamas gathered during the holiday season for the club to distribute to Orangevale-Fair Oaks and other Sacramento region kids. Photo courtesy of Heidi Lettau

ORANGEVALE, CA (MPG) - The Kiwanis Club of OV-FO hit a new record collecting over 600 pairs of new pajamas to help kids in need this holiday season! This is the 4th year running for the club whose mission is “to improve the community one kid at a time”.

“My heart is full of love from our community,” said Kiwanis Club PJ coordinator, Amy Bahm, “We collected over 200 pairs of pj’s in one day along with 45 turkeys and food for the Food Bank!”

The Kiwanis Club has partnered with the About Kidz organization since starting the annual drive to assist in their Christmas program that provides gifts and pajamas for families struggling during the holidays. This year they will be helping nearly 300 families in the area.

“The involvement of the community was amazing,” said Shellee McAsey, Kiwanis Club PJ co-coordinator, “We are so thankful for the outpouring of support!”

Special thanks to everyone who donated and the community business partners for being pj collection sites including: Scotty’s Hideaway, Rebel Rhythm, Badfish Coffee & Tea, Dairy Queen, The Last Tangle, Unbound Yoga & Fitness and Jan’s Lounge.

The club is also very thankful for Perry McGuigan of Perry Air, the Shifted Society Car Club, and Marvelous Tint for coordinating a car show/pj donation drive at Dairy Queen, and Scott Lacy of Scotty’s Hideaway for hosting a PJ party which brought in the final donations to exceed the goal! Way to go!

The Kiwanis Club meets the second Tuesday of each month at 6 pm

at El Gallo in Fair Oaks. All are welcome to come or go to [email protected] for more information! Happy Holidays!

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