Giants players Bailey Dhaliwal in his snowman jammies and reindeer Dawson Holt are helping support the fundraiser. (Vancouver Giants photo)

Giants’ Langley game becomes a pajama party Dec. 5

The Vancouver Giants and the Langley Riverman are supporting the Jammie Drive.

Dig out the coziest PJs in the closet and head to the Langley Events Centre for a special event Tuesday.

The Vancouver Giants are throwing a Pajama Party, its way of supporting the fifth annual Jammie Drive organized by MaryLou Robertson.

She started out five years ago collecting new kids’ pajamas for the Langley Christmas Bureau outside of the Wal-Mart, and each year the cozy campaign has grown.

She’s since teamed up with the Giants and the Langley Rivermen to have PJ collections at pre-Christmas games.

“We work with the Langley Christmas Bureau every year with our Teddy Bear Toss, but we saw this as a unique way to give back directly to our Langley community through MaryLou and the Langley Christmas Bureau,” said Leah Garrett, the Giants community relations manager. “MaryLou has been doing the pajama drive in Langley for so many years now, she’s become known as the ‘Jammie Fairy’. Last year when she came to me hoping to collect donations at one of our games, we were more than happy to help out.”

There is a dress code for this particular game.

“We invite all of our fans attending the game to come in their best sleepwear,” she said. “There will be a donation station set up on our concourse that MaryLou and some friends and family will be running. Wear your own PJs, but bring some new ones to donate.”

For the Dec. 5 Giants game three lucky families have been chosen to party in their PJs with Langley Advance publisher Lisa Farquharson.

The public was invited to enter the Black Press contest for the party in one of the private suites at the Langley Events Centre.

“Toys are wonderful but having a new pair of pyjamas at Christmas time feels amazing for children of all ages,” Farquharson said.

The reader contest is to raise community awareness and have some fun.

Garrett said the Giants were happy to expand involvement with the campaign and take part in the PJ party.

“We thought it would be a fun way to get our fans more involved, and hopefully increase donations,” she said.

People attending the game are encouraged to bring new pajamas for children ranging from birth to age 18 or make a cash donation so PJs can be purchased to fill in where there is a need. While lots of people buy for the littlest ones, older kids also enjoy holiday gifts.

“Teenagers are often forgot about during the holidays, as the Christmas bureau sees lots of donations for children,” Garrett noted.

For tickets, call 604-882-8800, stop by the box office at the Langley Events Centre or go to vancouvergiants.com.

To encourage people to don their best sleepytime duds, the Giants will have some fun added attractions Tuesday.

“We will be having a contest during the second intermission featuring some of our fans in their favourite PJs, but we don’t want to give too much away,” Garrett added.

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