OC church’s pajama project celebrates 10 years

From staff reports

The annual Pajama Project coordinated by Christ Episcopal Church of Oil City is celebrating its 10th season this year.

Sarah Margherio, a retired teacher, began the project in 2012. Every donation of pajamas is appreciated and used, although the biggest need is pajamas for school-age children, she said.

The project provides hundreds of sets of new pajamas wrapped with a book for local families.

Since the project began, it has provided more than 4,500 sets of books and pajamas in the community.

The majority of the sets over the past few years have gone to students in the Oil City and Cranberry school districts with names collected from teachers, guidance personnel, and Jamie’s Kids.

The rest are divided between Community Services of Venango County and Family Service and Children’s Aid Society.

“Throughout the years, we have seen such wonderful community support for this project,” Margherio said. “With limited shopping in our area, many people have chosen to give a cash donation or ordered pajamas online and had them sent directly to me,” she added.

In keeping with the church’s mission, there are no administrative fees, taxes, or charitable giving forms.

In addition to donations of new pajamas, the church will also accept cash donations that are used to purchase books as well as additional pajamas of varying sizes.

Pajamas or cash donations may be delivered to Christ Episcopal Church, 16 Central Ave., Oil City, or dropped off at 552 Bouquin Circle.