Life isn’t easy; it’s true. We all have our moments; some are joyous; others are full of grief. However, in the past few months, the worldwide pandemic caused by a deadly virus has made life harder than it was. While some of us are in places of privilege, others have lost their primary means of income. It is in times like these that the society, people – us, as a community, needs to come together and help those who have been hit the hardest.
One group that suffered tremendously is that of cancer patients, especially young kids who are suffering from this malicious disease. Fighting cancer requires courage, bravery, and heart. But most importantly, it requires capital; money. The children at Connecticut Children’s Medical Centre need our support in these tumultuous times.
The best way to do it is to actively take part in PJ day. Sounds fun, right? It’s a way that you can show your support to the children and help them out where it’s most required.
PJ day is a community event that is why various state organizations, businesses, and schools take part in it annually (or more than once a year works too).
How it works is – various institutions allow their students or employees to wear PJs for the entire day only if they pay $1 or more to the patients at Connecticut Children’s as a donation.
Why is PJ Day Called PJ day?
Simply to show solidarity with the cancer patients. The children who are battling cancer have to wear PJs throughout the day; most days. For the entire community to wear them on one day is a symbolic gesture to show the children that the community is here for them.
Plus, it’s something out of the box. Most of us want to wear PJs to work, and school but the rules don’t allow it. It’s a compressive, innovative and effective way to have fun and give back to society.
How did it all start?
With a 2-year-old who had cancer and her second-grade brother who loved her.
Nick Wesoloskie was in 2nd grade when he decided to do something for kids like his baby sister, Charlotte, who battled cancer and is now cancer-free.
The impact of PJ Day
PJ Day initially started with one school in Coventry and raised $500. In the following years, it turned into a state-recognized day of awareness and has raised more than $637,000 in eight years.
How to execute PJ Day?
All you need to do is pitch it to the governing body of your organization, wear PJs, collect donations and mail them to Connecticut’s Children. Plus, you can do it all online too.
How can you contribute?
Just take part in it. It’s a community event; it’s one of the few times that you can actually give back to the community. Plus, it’s fun! Why wouldn’t you want to help the Children’s centre get access to new, safer, life-saving treatments and individual, targeted, genetic therapies? Moreover, your donations help the patient’s family financially and emotionally.
At Paradiso Insurance, we believe in giving back to the community and urge you all to play your part too. See you in your PJs!