Pajama Drive delivers comfort to abused and neglected children

Special to The Log

A campaign is underway to collect brand-new, never-worn pajamas for children who have been removed from their homes because of abuse or neglect.

Known as Tucking Kids In Safe and Sound, the campaign runs until Oct. 4 in Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton counties. It is being conducted by FamiliesFirst Network (FFN), the agency responsible for the safety, stability and well-being of abused and neglected children in Northwest Florida. Under a contract with the state of Florida, FFN provides foster care and related services for children who cannot safely remain with their families.

Social workers have found that a cozy pair of new pajamas can help ease distress and promote a sense of security for children when they must be separated from their families. Needed are new, unworn pajamas in infant through adult sizes for larger children.

Last year nearly 800 children received pajamas because of the campaign. All of them either were living in foster homes or the homes of relatives/non-relative caregivers or receiving in-home services.

Donations can be dropped off at any FamiliesFirst Network service center. Call 850-453-7777 for locations.