Holy Trinity students donate pajamas, books to local kids


Members of Holy Trinity's National English Honor Society collected 162 pairs of pajamas and 153 books that they recently donated to the Brevard Family Partnership.

VIERA VOICE Courtesy of Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy


It might have started out as a simple community service project, but the more Holy Trinity junior Soy Choi looked into it, the more personal the mission became for her and other members of the school’s National English Honor Society.

Inspired by an email she received from a national clothing company after Hurricane Irma, Holy Trinity senior Sydney Levy suggested the school’s NEHS group collect pajamas and books to give to children in need.

Choi then got in contact with the Pajama Program, a national organization dedicated to ensuring children have a clean pair of pajamas and a bedtime story at night.

The Pajama Program suggested Holy Trinity students give to the Brevard Family Partnership, a non-profit group that oversees 269 foster children in Brevard County, who have been placed in 143 foster homes.

“When I first reached out to the PJ Program, I didn’t know where these items would go to,” Choi said. “After they connected me to Brevard Family Partnership, it became more personal.

“And after hearing that many of the students don’t have many resources, I felt like that the items we collected would be of great use to them.”

The students were able to collect 162 pairs of pajamas and 153 books, which were donated last month.

LaChrista Jones, Director of Licensing for the Brevard Family Partnership, said the donations would have a big impact on the children, many of whom were removed from abusive homes.

“The impact is huge, because a lot of our kids that come into care … sometimes, they just leave their home with the clothes on their back,” Jones said. “A lot of times, we don’t have the opportunity to pack their bag.

“To arrive at a home and have a new pair of pajamas and also a book, it has a huge impact. It gives the foster parents an opportunity to read them a bedtime story.”

Faculty advisor Stefanie Pedicini, who said she would love to do the drive again, was impressed with the way the students responded. While NEHS members were required to bring in at least one book or one pair of pajamas, Pedicini said there was not a single instance where a student came into her class and donated just one item. In fact, they had to add two more big boxes to collect everything.

Levy also was impressed with her classmates, noting that having a clean pair of pajamas to wear at night is something every student could relate to.

And knowing that their donations were going to help local kids made the experience more special.

“I was very impressed with the student body,” Levy said. “We do a couple of different drives throughout the year, not just NEHS, but all of the different honor societies. The books and pajama (bins) were spread out over four different places.

“When it all came together at the end, to see that we had so many students that cared enough to bring in pajamas and books was really nice.” VV