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TOWNSEND — The Townsend Public Library has teamed up with the Boston Bruins to participate in their 10th annual pajama drive to benefit DCF Kids and Cradles to Crayons. The PJ Drive’s goal is to collect 10,000 pairs of new pajamas for children and teens in need.

The Boston Bruins PJ Drive runs from Feb. 1 through March 15. The library will be collecting new pairs of pajamas for babies, children and teens. Bruins forward P.J. Axelsson and his wife, Siw, started the PJ drive during the Boston Bruins 2007-2008 season as a way to give to give back to their community. The couple collected 1,600 pairs of pajamas for Cradles to Crayons, which connects with social service agencies across the state to identify specific children in need.

To encourage participation, the Boston Bruins offer special prizes to the top three collectors: First Place Prize: Street hockey clinic with Bruins alumnus Second Place: Special Bruins Mascot (Blades) appearance Third Place: 200 commemorative Bruins PJ Drive puck The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) works with the Boston Bruins to coordinate library participation in the drive. Libraries from around the state use the Massachusetts Library System’s delivery service, typically used to send books and other library materials, to send their PJs to area collection locations which increases libraries’ ability to participate in the drive. For more information, contact Molly or Karen at the Townsend Public Library 12 Dudley Rd, Townsend MA 978-597-1714 www.TownsendLibrary.org, mbenevides@cwmars.org.

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