A local childhood development center is having its charges put on their jammies to remember kids who are less fortunate.
The M.A.T.S.S. Kids gyms in Bellmore and Syosset will give students a night out next Friday. From 6 to 8 p.m., children ages 3-8 can put on their pajamas before hitting the gym for pancakes and milk, the culmination of an annual pajama drive for needy kids of the same age.
The party started four years ago when Nancy Clinton, co-owner of M.A.T.S.S., found out about a local chapter of The Pajama Project, a charity that distributes PJs to shelters. She came up with the idea for the party as a part of the gym’s “Kids Night Out” program.
“I thought, ‘How about we do [an event] that’s more about charity, and this sounds like a lot of fun,’” Clinton said.
This year, students will make a pillow as a crafts project. Scholastic will be donating a bedtime story to The Pajama Project for every pair of pajamas donated.
The drive started on Jan. 3. In its first year, the gym brought in roughly 25 pairs of pajamas, and last year that number grew to more than 100. Clinton expects that the drive will do even better this year.
“Between our two locations we’ll see over 200 students,” she said, adding that most will bring their donations to the party.
Anyone who is interested, can bring donations to the M.A.T.S.S. Bellmore location at 2629 Grand Ave. or the Syosset location at 171 Eileen Way.