Jammie Drive is back again this holiday season, and it’s planning on being more cozy and toasty than ever.
Suzanne Stitt, pyjama drive organizer, said in the beginning, she and her husband started the charity four years ago at their chiropractic office, A Natural Wellness Chiropractic Centre (104-912 Portage Ave.). Now, the Manitoba Chiropractic Association has joined the cause.
"We were new in the city. We had just opened our office, so we kind of looked around to see what we could do to give back to the community," Stitt said.
Stitt is inviting people to donate pyjamas for children at not only her husband’s office, but to the many other chiropractic offices taking part in the Jammie Drive as well.
Pyjamas can be dropped off at Thrive Chiropractic (1580 Taylor Ave.), Premier Chiropractic Centre (2705 Portage Ave.), North Kildonan Family Chiropractic (1185 Henderson Hwy.), Spectrum Health Centre (677 Portage Ave.), Corydon Chiropractic Centre (104-897 Corydon Ave.), Sturgeon Creek Chiropractic Centre (101-2565 Portage Ave.), Chiropractic Life Centre (1431 Corydon Ave.), Southwood Chiropractic Centre (5-1875 Pembina Hwy.), Aberdeen Chiropractic (1080 Main St.), Bovino Chiropractic (Unit B4-1921 Pembina Hwy.), River North Family Chiropractic (Unit 7-2536 Main St.), and Family First Chiropractic (589 St. Anne’s Rd.).
Stitt decided on a pyjama drive for her cause of choice because her family loved them.
"It was a family tradition that we had when our children were small: Santa would come on Christmas Eve and give a new pair of pyjamas to the kids," Stitt, a mother of four, said. Now her children are grown, and she even has grandchildren. She plans on providing the same warm feelings — and clothing — to children less fortunate.
"Food drives should be done all year. Toys — well, we all know how long toys last. I just wanted to give something that would be a little more meaningful and last long," Stitt said.
Pyjamas donated to the aforementioned offices will be distributed by United Way of Winnipeg.
"They distribute them to the people that need them the most," Stitt said.
Jammie Drive is accepting donations until Dec. 13.