Pajama, book drive to kick off Saturday
A group of local mothers are working to make the nighttime a little more comfortable for Eudora youngsters in need.
The Eudora Mom's Society will start a pajama and book drive at the Eudora West Elementary School baseball fields during Saturday's games.
"We wanted to do something that would benefit our community, something that would come back to Eudora," group member Sacha Dick said.
Until organizing the drive, the mom's society only met informally, Dick said.
"We get together and we do book clubs. We get together and share ideas about being a mom," Dick said.
The group includes mothers of children with ages ranging from preschool to college age.
"During the summers we tend to meet more," Dick said. "It's just whenever we e-mail something out and decide we want to get something organized."
Group member Ila Jean Traudt came up with the idea to host the drive, Dick said.
"We just kind of branched out and went with it," Dick said.
According to a flier for the drive, the group specifically wants new and unused pajamas and/or books for newborn to teenaged children.
"We hope that it would make that child feel a little bit special that their own pajamas are new to them," Dick said.
The group has received commitments from more than 20 businesses willing to help or donate prizes.
"We're trying to reach the whole community and what we collect will be given to a couple different organizations," Dick said.
Her group specified to the organizations that they want the collected goods to return to Eudora, she said.
Among the organizations, the group will be working with Eudora USD 491 and the East Central Kansas Economic Opportunity Commission.
There are no set goals because the pajama drive marks the group's first organized attempt at charity, she said.
"We're really surprised as far as the donations," Dick said. "We're very excited about how giving our organizations and our companies here in Eudora are."
In exchange for pajamas or books, the group is offering chances to win a prize basket worth more than $500 at a drawing that will take place at the annual CPA Picnic July 28.
Prizes include items ranging from free chiropractic consultations to beef jerky.
"The prize basket is really geared to all ages, so whoever wins is going to have a lot of different stuff," Dick said.
In addition to the main prizes, the group is offering a smaller prize for the individual ball teams competing in games Saturday.
The team that gives the most books and pajamas will win ice cream treats.
A secondary goal of the drive is to attract more mothers to the group.
"There's really about four of us moms that are at the core of this particular project, and we want to get other moms involved, so they can help in any way that they are able to," Dick said.
The drop off dates and points will be from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the West Elementary baseball fields; from 4 to 7 p.m. July 9 at Curves, 704 Main St.; from 9 a.m. to noon July 10 at Curves; from 4 to 7 p.m. July 20 at C&S Market, 1402 Church St; and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 21 at C&S Market.
For more information, call Dick at (785) 423-1150 or Traudt at (785) 690-7310.