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Conner’s Comfy PJ Distribution Has Begun for 2015!

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The 2015 Comfy PJ distribution has begun for this year, and we are so excited to get new pajamas packed and delivered to our partner hospitals throughout the region. The journey from collection to distribution is not taken lightly, and we pride ourselves in giving each of our pajamas a “special touch” before it is distributed throughout the area. It’s what Conner wanted for every child who is affected by pediatric cancer, and we enjoy fulfilling his wish for those who have to spend time in the hospital.

2015 Comfy PJ Packing

Pajama Packing Day: Many volunteers of friends and family get pajamas ready for distribution!

The distribution process takes not only planning, but involves many helping hands in getting things organized and ready to go! Sheryl Holland, co-founder of the foundation, gets excited about packing the pajamas, and says that she “holds a ‘pajama packing day’, where friends and family come to my house and help me pack pajamas.” To start off the packing day process, new pajamas are collected and sorted based upon gender, season, and size. They are then folded, labeled, and packed neatly into ziplock bags. To add a personal touch let them know that we care about their children’s comfort while spending time in the hospital, we include a special note explaining Conner’s wish, along with our contact information.

Once the pajamas are packed and ready to go, each partner hospital is contacted to ask if they need pajamas and we are proud to say that we have never been turned down yet! Sheryl Holland says, “The difference our pajamas bring to families affected by pediatric cancer cannot be measured, as we receive lots of messages and letters saying that their children just smile when they receive their new pajamas. One mom said that her child is admitted often for treatment and she gets so excited to see what new pajamas she will find in her room.”

2015 PJ Drive Packing Day

Pajama Packing Day: Lots of pajamas are collected and sorted for distribution to partnering hospitals throughout the region.

We recently distributed 60 pairs of pajamas to Hershey Medical Center on July 31st, as they ran out of a certain size from the 1,100 pairs we gave them last year. They will get another batch of several hundred around Christmastime. As of right now, 775 pairs are packed and ready to go to St. Jude, Lehigh Valley, St. Christopher, and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

We are also excited and in the process of adding Pittsburgh Children’s Hospital and Geisinger (Janet Weis Children’s Hospital) to our distribution list! This will allow us to extend our reach and cover the entire state of Pennsylvania. In addition, we also give each of our family grant recipients a pair of pajamas.

For more information about our program, or if you would like to collect or donate a pair of pajamas, please contact us at info@cmhollandfoundation.org. We accept Boys & Girls pajamas, sizes 12 months to 15/16/17 teen sizes, with new tags only and appropriate images (no scary images, please). You can also support our program by holding your own PJ drive, as donations can be made anytime throughout the year.

About Conner’s Comfy PJ Drive

Children who receive inpatient hospital care for cancer are typically limited in their ability to play, often times spending most of their days in bed. We believe making a child comfortable during their stay is important to their overall well-being. We created the Conner’s Comfy PJs Program to meet this need. Each year during the month of May, we collect new pajamas that are distributed year-round to pediatric cancer units at the Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), St. Christopher, St. Jude, the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, and the Lehigh Valley Hospital. Since the beginning of the program in 2012, we have collected and distributed over 4,500 pajamas to children across the region.

The 2015 Conner’s Comfy PJ’s Drive is in Full Swing!

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It’s May and this year’s Comfy PJ’s Drive is in full swing! Throughout the year, we work with individuals, businesses, academic organizations, and health facilities to collect and distribute pajamas to pediatric units throughout the region, while continuing our mission to fulfill Conner’s wish that every child receives a pair of comfortable pajamas during their stay in the hospital.

Last year proved to be another amazing year in the program, as we collected and distributed 1,345 pajamas, surpassing our initial goal of 1,200. Over 1,000 pajamas were distributed in alliance with the Hershey Medical Center, who have also continued to partner with us this year, to help ensure that every child receives a comfy new pair of pajamas for their inpatient stay.

For 2015, Sheryl Holland, co-founder of the Conner M. Holland Foundation, is hoping to expand Conner’s Comfy PJ Program in more ways than one. “Our goal this year is to collect at least 1,500 new pajamas, while expanding our reach to the entire state of Pennsylvania,” she said. “We are looking to partner with the University of Pittsburgh and the Geisinger Medical Center, but of course our long-term vision is to expand our reach outside and beyond the state of Pennsylvania.”

Along with the Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, PA, we will again be distributing to the following hospitals throughout the region:

  • Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital – Memphis, TN
  • Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania (CHOP) – Philadelphia, PA
  • Christopher’s – Philadelphia, PA
  • Lehigh Valley Hospital – Allentown, PA

Since the program was inspired by Conner’s idea to share his love for comfy pj’s with other kids affected by pediatric cancer, Sheryl picked the month of May to kick off the pajama drive. “We picked the month of May because it is Conner’s birthday. Even though the drive runs through May, we will accept new pajamas with tags any time throughout the year. Every donation helps, and we also like to give our families who have received a Conner M. Holland Foundation grant a new pair of pajamas,” she says.

CMHF PJ Drive
So how can you help? The best way to help is to donate or collect new pajamas with tags and send them to the Conner M. Holland Foundation, PO Box 8721, Lancaster, PA 17604. You can also contact us at info@cmhollandfoundation.org or call 717-850-3540 for more ideas on how you can contribute to the drive. For health reasons, please remember that we can only accept brand new pajamas with tags, for both boys and girls, sizes 12 months to 16.

About Conner’s Comfy PJ Drive

Children who receive inpatient hospital care for cancer are typically limited in their ability to play, often times spending most of their days in bed. We believe making a child comfortable during their stay is important to their overall well-being. We created the Conner’s Comfy PJs Program to meet this need. Each year during the month of May, we collect new pajamas that are distributed year-round to pediatric cancer units at the Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), St. Christopher, St. Jude, the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, the Lehigh Valley Hospital, the University of Pittsburgh, and the Geisinger Medical Center. Since the beginning of the program in 2012, we have collected and distributed over 3,100 pajamas to children across the region.

The 2nd Annual Conner M. Holland Foundation Fundraising Gala

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We are proud to announce that the 2nd Annual Conner M. Holland Foundation Fundraising Gala was a huge success, giving our attendees the opportunity to see first-hand how the foundation impacts the lives of families affected by pediatric cancer. With close to 190 individuals in attendance, it was wonderful to see the community come together to support our organization, and to also enjoy a relaxing evening of elegance and conversation at the Eden Resort in Lancaster, PA.

To help attendees gain a different perspective as to how our programs help families affected by pediatric cancer, we welcomed Susanne “Nurse Susie” Stantzos, a nurse who also took care of Conner, to speak about her experiences. “There was a mother who spoke Spanish and was taking care of her daughter in the hospital,” she said. “Her daughter was having a difficult day and had vomited all over her clothes. I provided her daughter with a pair of Conner’s Comfy PJ’s from the foundation. Even though there was a language barrier between us, the mother just hugged me tightly and told me how much the pajamas meant to her and her daughter.”

Angela Drzewiecki, a mother with a special needs child, and Emily Walker, a single mom and nurse, both shared their own personal stories of battling pediatric cancer and received grants in 2014. “I don’t know what we would have done if the foundation wasn’t there to help us,” said Angela Drzewiecki.

Last year we were able to provide financial assistance to eight families, giving them approximately three months of help with their rent and utilities. We gave them the opportunity to take the time to care for their children without having to worry about their expenses. This is the message that our foundation is built upon.


Although 2014 was a year of successes, we recognize there is still much work to be done. Through the partnership of our generous donors, we now have almost $25,000 that we can use to help families who are affected by pediatric cancer. This generous contribution will not only provide us with an opportunity to help more families this year, but also allow us to continue to expand our reach outside of our region and into South Central Pennsylvania.

We sincerely thank all who contributed to making this year’s Gala a bigger success than ever!

About the Conner M. Holland Foundation and How You Can Help

Caring for a child with pediatric cancer is one of the most challenging situations any parent could face. Medical problems quickly turn to financial issues as one or both caregivers stop working to focus on the health of their child. During this struggle, no one should have to worry about growing stacks of unpaid bills. At the Conner M. Holland Foundation, we aim to relieve families of financial and emotional burdens as they walk through the journey of a life-threatening illness. Since forming the foundation in the Spring of 2012, we have provided grants to 11 local families to help them as they fight pediatric cancer. We believe that together, we can make a difference.

If you would like some information about our foundation or how you can help, please contact us at info@cmhollandfoundation.org, or call us at 717-850-3540.

Thank You Again to Our 2015 Gala Sponsors for Your Support!

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We want to extend a sincere THANK YOU again to all of our 2015 Conner M. Holland Foundation Fundraising Gala Table Sponsors. Your partnership in helping us support families affected by pediatric cancer is greatly appreciated. With your help, we can truly make a difference!

Thank You!


Businesses

All Hands Interpreting Services, LLC Lititz Car Wash
Alure Salon Merves Amon & Barsz LLC, CPAs
ASL Services of Pennsylvania Moyers Mum Farm
BathCrest Associates Oregon Diary Supermarket
Brookhills Investment Group & RBC Wealth Management RS Hollinger & Son Inc.
Country View Manor Stambaugh Ness, CPAs
Custom Computer (Myers Computer Services) The Hess Agency
Evergreen Estates Retirement Community The Jennifer King Team of Re/MAX
Fravel Home Improvements & Remodeling Inc. Wiley’s Pharmacy
Jim’s Welding and Automotive in Manheim, PA Williams Apothecary, Inc.
Kurtz Molasses in Ephrata, PA Wood Corner Garage, Inc.
Landis Garage, Inc.

 

Individuals

Kevin Hale
Dereck and Tina Hench
Nate and Rebekah Hoffer
Kevin and Sheryl Holland
Steve Holland
John and Pat Kapp
Dean and Carrie Snyder

 

About Connor M. Holland Foundation

Caring for a child with pediatric cancer is one of the most challenging situations any parent could face. Medical problems quickly turn to financial issues as one or both caregivers stop working to focus on the health of their child. During this struggle, no one should have to worry about stacks of bills. At the Conner M. Holland Foundation, we aim to relieve families of financial and emotional burdens as they walk through the journey of a life-threatening illness. We believe that together, we can make a difference.

Based in south-central Pennsylvania, The Conner M. Holland Foundation is a recognized non-profit 501(c)3 organization that serves families in Lancaster, Lebanon, and York counties. The official registration and financial information of the Conner M. Holland Foundation may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll free, within Pennsylvania, 1 (800) 732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.

For more information about our foundation or to find out how you can help, please email us at info@cmhollandfoundation.org.

2015 Conner M. Holland Foundation Gala Table Sponsors

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We would like to personally thank the following individuals and businesses that made the 2015 Conner M. Holland Foundation Fundraising Gala possible. Without their partnership, we could not continue to provide financial and emotional support to families affected by pediatric cancer. Together we can make a difference! We sincerely thank these individuals for sponsoring our most important fundraising event of the year!

Businesses

All Hands Interpreting Services, LLC Lititz Car Wash
Alure Salon Merves Amon & Barsz LLC, CPAs
ASL Services of Pennsylvania Moyers Mum Farm
BathCrest Associates Oregon Diary Supermarket
Brookhills Investment Group & RBC Wealth Management RS Hollinger & Son Inc.
Country View Manor Stambaugh Ness, CPAs
Custom Computer (Myers Computer Services) The Hess Agency
Evergreen Estates Retirement Community The Jennifer King Team of Re/MAX
Fravel Home Improvements & Remodeling Inc. Wiley’s Pharmacy
Jim’s Welding and Automotive in Manheim, PA Williams Apothecary, Inc.
Kurtz Molasses in Ephrata, PA Wood Corner Garage, Inc.
Landis Garage, Inc.

 

Individuals

Kevin Hale
Dereck and Tina Hench
Nate and Rebekah Hoffer
Kevin and Sheryl Holland
Steve Holland
John and Pat Kapp
Dean and Carrie Snyder

 

About Connor M. Holland Foundation

Caring for a child with pediatric cancer is one of the most challenging situations any parent could face. Medical problems quickly turn to financial issues as one or both caregivers stop working to focus on the health of their child. During this struggle, no one should have to worry about stacks of bills. At the Conner M. Holland Foundation, we aim to relieve families of financial and emotional burdens as they walk through the journey of a life-threatening illness. We believe that together, we can make a difference.

Based in south-central Pennsylvania, The Conner M. Holland Foundation is a recognized non-profit 501(c)3 organization that serves families in Lancaster, Lebanon, and York counties. The official registration and financial information of the Conner M. Holland Foundation may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll free, within Pennsylvania, 1 (800) 732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.

For more information about our foundation or to find out how you can help, please email us at info@cmhollandfoundation.org.