Project PJ a warm, massive success


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December 10, 2015 11:09 AM

Twelve-year-old Olivia Brockhoff, of Lloydminster, sits among some of the hundreds of pajamas she's collected for kids in Stollery Children's Hospital in Edmonton. Folks from all over the country and in the U.S. have called the young Samaritan to see how they could help.

It doesn’t take a big idea to change the world.
And when 12 year-old Olivia Brockhoff of Lloydminster felt like she wasn’t doing enough to make the world a better place, she came up with an idea.
The idea was to collect 100 pairs of pajamas and donate them to the Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton, but as word got out and things snowballed, she ended up with 500 pairs within two weeks.
“My friend’s sister had cancer, she was in the hospital for a long time and her biggest complaint was the pajamas at the hospital because they were all gross, itchy and thousands of people had worn them before her,” said Olivia, on what inspired the project.
Project PJ by Olivia received its high number of donations courtesy of Olivia’s schoolmates and principal, her parents’ coworkers, her friends and family, community businesses, and even strangers who’d send her Pjs through the mail.
The plan was to take all of the donations to the Stollery on Dec. 8, which they did to the appreciation of patients and staff, but because the volume of donations still coming in, they’ve decided to keep collecting until Dec. 18.
As word keeps spreading about Project PJ, so does public support with people all over Alberta, and even as far as the United States contacting the Brockoffs to see how they can help.
“People have been messaging us saying really great things about Olivia, sending us packages and asking, ‘Can we mail you pajamas? How can we support you? We’re going to vote for you when you run for premiere,’” said Olivia’s mom, Patrica Brockoff, who’s been helping with the project.
Olivia is also no stranger to charity having been involved with the Change for Children Association and participating in Operation Christmas Child by Samaritan’s Purse.
The workers at the Stollery were thrilled by Olivia’s generosity and encouraged her to keep up the good work.
She said she has plans to do more charitable work in the future, though she doesn’t know what that will be exactly, and she also intends on making Project PJ an annual event.
“A lot of the people there, the workers, were saying things like, ‘We can only do what we can do, we need people like you to do what you can do, to help us make it better for these kids.”
Olivia said she’d like to thank all those who’ve donated and anyone interested in helping out with the cause can contact her on her Facebook page, Project PJ by Olivia.

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