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Keeping Kiwi kids warm this winter: Kindness Collective’s PJ Project returns

Wednesday, May 1, 2024   Posted in: Resources and Information By: Administrator With tags: families, children, Community Groups, support, donations, winter

As Kiwis brace for a grim winter ahead, the harsh reality is that many of the 144,000 children living in poverty or hardship simply won’t have what they need to stay warm without kindness and support from Aotearoa New Zealand.

The Kindness Collective is bringing back its PJ Project with the goal of providing 20,000 warm pyjamas to children across the country. From 1st May to 31st July, the Kindness Collective is calling on the public for donations to provide children in need across Aotearoa with winter essentials.

With each $10 donation, the Kindness Collective will provide a brand-new set of warm pyjamas for those going without. In addition, caring Kiwis can run collections for new pyjamas at their work, school, club or team, which will be donated by the Kindness Collective to children in need within their local community.

Founder and Chief Executive of the Kindness Collective, Sarah Page, says providing a warm pair of pyjamas is one small act of kindness which can make a big difference to those who are going without.

“This year, there is a greater need than ever. A harrowing one in eight children are going without the essentials they need this winter, and we know that being cold can have a detrimental impact on the health, school attendance and overall wellbeing of our tamariki.

“As Kiwis continue to feel the brunt of the cost-of-living crisis, our PJ Project is one small way we can provide for families, so they don’t have to choose heating over eating this winter. If you are in a position to do so, please consider donating because this truly does make a meaningful difference,” says Page.

“Ngā mihi nui ki te whānau ō Kindness Collective Foundation for ensuring our precious Taonga are warm this winter. Some may say a pair of pyjamas isn't life-changing or no big deal, but I guess those people have never had to choose between being warm or being fed. Having new pyjamas for my baby meant I didn't have to choose between her being warm or having enough nappies,” says Ruby, mum of four from Taonga Education Centre.

This year, the Kindness Collective has also teamed up with The Warehouse Group to take the campaign one step further to support Kiwis in need. From 1st May to 30th June, Kiwis can drop-off pyjamas at any of The Warehouse stores nationwide. Then for the whole month of May, The Warehouse Group will hold in-store fundraising across all its stores, including The Warehouse, Noel Leeming and Warehouse Stationary.

Chief Corporate Affairs Officer at The Warehouse Group Anna Shipley, says “Every Kiwi kid deserves to snuggle up in warm PJs, especially as the months get colder. The Kindness Collective are doing amazing work helping whānau in need to stay warm this winter, and we're proud to support them in any way we can."

Kindness Collective provided over 14,500 pairs of pyjamas to kids around the country in 2023. They hope to provide more support to those struggling this winter - with the help of The Warehouse Group and support from Kiwis across the country.

How Kiwis can contribute to the PJ Project

Find out more about the work of the Kindness Collective - the 2023 New Zealander of the Year: Community of the Year.