The Party began in April 2010. The idea came from a magazine article read by PDG Elizabeth Warren and it was sponsored by the Ontario-Upland Lions Club. District 4-L4 was asked to donate new pajamas for children who are placed with Child Protective Services. These children are often taken out of their homes or schools with no notice and have nothing of their own to take with them to comfort them. The idea took off with unbelievable enthusiasm and this became a District approved project in November, 2010.
Clubs are asked to donate regularly and collections are made at Region and District meetings. Underclothes and socks can be donated along with pajamas. Clubs are asked to publicize the Party in their local communities, and are taking donations from non-Lions. The focus remains on needy children, and some clubs are finding organizations within their community which can distribute the clothing to these children, with special emphasis on children being taken into care. When this happens, a count is given to the district organizers as named below. The major recipient of the clothing is Crittenton Services for Children and Families, a charitable non-profit 501(c)3, which has contacts throughout Orange, San Bernardino, Riverside, San Diego, and Los Angeles counties.
For more information, please contact:
PDG Elizabeth Warren (909) 941-0604
PDG PJ Smith (714) 996-2950