Pajamas for patients heading into round 2

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November 1, 2016 12:00 AM

WARM—INSIDE AND OUT Olivia Brockhoff is again collecting pajamas for her Project PJ by Olivia, which sees the 13-year-old pulling in donations of pajamas to donate to the Stollery Children's Hospital in Edmonton. The philanthropic teen managed to collect 600 pairs of pyjamas during last year's effort. SUPPLIED PHOTO

Olivia Brockoff is at it again, collecting pyjamas for the Stollery Children’s Hospital as part of her Project PJ by Olivia, and building on last year’s success.
Brockhoff had a target of collecting 100 pairs of pyjamas for the hospital in 2015 and ended up with 500 in the first two weeks, for a total of 600 pairs by the time she was ready to deliver them to Edmonton.
Because of that success, the charitable youngster decided to raise the bar a bit this year by pushing her goal to 1,000 pairs.
“It feels awesome, it feels very overwhelming,” Brockhoff, 13, said about going into round two of her project.
Brockhoff came up with the idea after her friend’s sister got cancer and had to stay at the Stollery, with the biggest complaint being how uncomfortable the PJs were.
After learning about the pyjama problem, Brockhoff took it upon herself to do something about it and started rounding up more comfortable pairs for donation.
Schoolmates, friends and family all pitched in and even strangers from as far as the United States contacted her, offering to send pajamas through the mail.
All her hard work and generosity didn’t go unnoticed either, as she made a name for herself with the doctors and nurses at the Stollery.
“Everybody knew who I was and they kept saying how there’s only so much they can do and when I do my part it’s amazing,” Brockhoff said.
Her mother, Patrica Brockhoff, added: “The doctors and nurses told her to keep on doing what she’s doing because they’re so focused on getting the kids healthy, and they know the pyjamas are a huge thing, so they asked her, could you please keep doing this? This makes such a huge difference.”
This time around, Brockhoff started collecting on Oct. 11 and in the span of two weeks has pulled in 200 pairs of PJs already, with people as far as Yellowknife contacting her and showing interest.
She’ll be collecting right until Dec. 8 and anyone looking to donate can drop pajamas off at Wayside Dental Centre, Meridian Surveys, Ulmer Chevrolet or Boundary Ford.

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