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Another Comfy PJ Program Milestone!

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Conner’s Comfy PJ Program has reached another amazing milestone! As we complete our 2014 pajama distribution, we are proud to announce that we have distributed over 3,100 pajamas to hospitals throughout the region!

As always, Conner’s wish became our mission to help children feel more comfortable during their hospital stay, and it is our goal to ensure that every child finds a pair of comfy pajamas in their rooms upon their first arrival to the hospital. That is why we value our partnerships with the following hospitals, who continue to help us continue our mission and bring joy to children with pediatric cancer:

• St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital – Memphis, TN
• CHOP – Philadelphia, PA
• St. Christopher’s – Philadelphia, PA
• HMC – Hershey, PA
• Lehigh Valley – Allentown, PA

On February 12th, 2015, we delivered 520 pairs of pajamas to Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital. Alycia Nygard, who is the Clinical Head Nurse at the Pediatric Hematology Oncology Unit, was so excited to receive our delivery. She told us that “the children are always thrilled to see a new pair of pajamas on their pillows!” This was true for five-year-old Taiven Schopf, who was diagnosed with Ependymoma in January 2015. He’s been spending a lot of time at the hospital, and like Conner, he just loves wearing his comfy pajamas!

Conners_Comfy_PJ_Program“Also like Conner, Taiven likes dinosaurs, but not the scary ones,” says Taiven’s father, Dean Schopf. “Thank you to the Conner M. Holland Foundation for the comfy pajamas.”

It is through the love and support of our partner hospitals that we can bring joy and comfort to children like Taiven, and our mission could not be continued without it. We sincerely thank every one of our hospital partners and we look forward to another successful year of collection and distribution of Conner’s Comfy PJ’s. 

The 2015 Comfy PJ Drive is coming up soon! For more information about our program, or if you would like to collect or donate a pair of pajamas (Boys & Girls, sizes 12 months to 16, with new tags), please contact us at info@cmhollandfoundation.org. 

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 3,100 pajamas to children across the region.

Wrapping Up the 2014 Comfy PJ Drive and Still Making a Difference

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It all started with a little boy’s love for pajamas. Conner’s wish was for all children in the hospital to be as comfortable as he was in his “cool” and comfy pajamas. In its 4th year and going strong, Conner’s Comfy PJ Drive is continuing to fulfill that wish by collecting and distributing pajamas to children in hospitals throughout the region. Businesses, communities, schools, and all types of organizations are once again banding together to bring a little comfort to children who have to spend time in the hospital due to illness.

It is not only adults that are working to make this last year’s distribution a success, but other children, too. Conner’s wish has inspired Rachel Traphagen, who will be six years old this month, to make it her mission to collect as many pajamas as she can to help other kids feel more comfortable in the hospital. “My Mommy and Daddy were talking about giving pajamas last year and asked if I wanted to help. I am happy for the kids that need them, but sad that kids are in the hospital, like my Daddy was when he was 8 and had cancer,” she said.

Although most of the collections usually come from the region, Rachel has made it her goal this year to try and collect pajamas from all the states. “My Daddy told me about trying to get all the states. I wanted to try to get more people to help give pajamas. I have 23 states (and Scotland!!!) with a few more states coming. I have a total of over 210 pairs of pajamas with more coming each day!! I have more at my school where we are collecting, too,” she said.

The distribution from last year’s drive is still going strong! On February 12, 2015, we delivered 520 pair of pajamas to the Oncology Floor at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center, and on February 24, 2015, we dropped off 235 pajamas to St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children. They were so excited to receive our deliveries, and the children will be thrilled to have a new pair of pajamas waiting for them in their rooms!

Within the next few weeks, we will be dropping off approximately 200 more pajamas at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Of course we are anticipating this year’s Drive due to the dedication and support of people like Rachel Traphagen and so many others. We thank those who will be working hard to make our program a bigger success than last year, and your efforts will certainly make a difference.

For more information about our upcoming 2015 Conner’s Comfy PJ Drive starting this May, or if you would like to collect/donate a pair of pajamas (Boys & Girls, sizes 12 months to 16, with new tags), please contact us at info@cmhollandfoundation.org.

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 and June, we collect new pajamas that are distributed year-round to pediatric cancer units at The Penn State Hershey Medical Center, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), St. Christopher, St. Jude, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, and Lehigh Valley Hospital. Since the beginning of the program in 2012, we have collected and distributed almost 3,000 pajamas to children across the region.

2014 Conner M. Holland Foundation Gala Table Sponsors

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I would like to formally thank the table sponsors for this years Conner M. Holland Foundation Gala. Thank you for partnering with us on our most important fund raising effort of the year!

Eden Park Pediatrics
Bathcrest
Cheryl and Friends Spa and Salon
The Hess Agency
Williams Apothecary Inc
Kevin Hale
Myers Computer
Dereck and Tina Hench
Landis Garage
Alure Salon
Winning Touch Nursery
Brookhills Investment Group
Dean and Carry Snyder
Steve Holland
Nate and Rebekah Hoffer
Kevin and Sheryl Holland

Conner’s Comfy PJs: 2013 Total

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And the total for our 2013 drive is…….. 1176 pajamas!

We are incredibly excited about having collected 157% of our goal of 750 PJs this year. Thank-you to each person who sponsored a drop off location for the PJ drive, as well as those who donated individually. Your new pair of warm pajamas will put a smile on a very sick child’s face!

Conner’s Comfy PJs: How You Can Help

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Many people have contacted us to see how they can help with the Second Annual Conner’s Comfy PJs Pajama Drive. Please consider sponsoring your own PJ Drop Off location. We’ve made several items available to assist those who want to get involved. Thank-you for your help!

PJ Drive Interest Letter
Conner M. Holland Foundation Brochure
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