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Pajama Program helps children in need

The "Danger Season" for children is here.

It's the time between October and March when temperatures drop and needy and abandoned children face endless cold nights without the warmth of a parent's love and warm pajamas.

That's why Uniontown Mall is joining all 39 centers owned/managed by Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust in helping the national nonprofit Pajama Program deliver warm sleepwear to tens of thousands of children.

Throughout the holidays, shoppers will be asked to donate new pairs of pajamas or new books at Uniontown Mall's Operation PJ Pile Up collection bin, located at the customer service center and the Pajama Program will deliver them to children in need within the local community. The goal of Operation PJ Pile Up is to collect and distribute 25,000 new pajamas and 2,500 new books for toddlers through teens throughout all PREIT centers from Nov. 10 through Dec. 31.

"More than 500,000 U.S. children are in our foster care system -- many have been abused or abandoned or waiting and hoping to be adopted. Thousands have never enjoyed the simple comfort of having a parent tuck them in at bedtime in clean night clothing. During the holidays people want to give. Operation PJ Pile Up gives our shoppers a way to help children feel like someone is wrapping their arms around them," said Kelly May, marketing director.

Genevieve Piturro, founder and executive director of the Pajama Program said, "Children are most vulnerable during this time of year. We are grateful PREIT has sought out our organization and supports our efforts to help children, especially during these troubling times. The need is especially great for pajamas and books for older children."

For more information, visit: www.pajamaprogram.org.

Since 2001, the Pajama Program has provided more than 213,000 pajamas and books to children nationwide. Today, it has 73 chapters in 42 states nationwide. PREIT is headquartered in Philadelphia. For a list of PREIT malls and their locations, visit: www.preit.com.

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