Riverside Elementary collecting pajamas for Children's Advocacy Center


Riverside students, from left, Gabriel Campbell and Tyler Moore toss new pajamas into a donation box for the school's fourth annual Pajama Drive.

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Published: Friday, October 25, 2013 at 02:54 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Riverside Elementary School’s Pajama Drive organizers seek donations of new children’s sleepwear. 

Each class is collecting pajamas for the Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center, a not-for-profit agency that helps abused and neglected children in Okaloosa and Walton counties. 

Julie Hurst, the center’s CEO, said the organization appreciates the school’s efforts.

"It's really neat to see kids helping out other kids," she said.

The center presents an annual Christmas party for children it assists; that’s more than 600 kids this year, Hurst said.

"We make sure that every child that comes to the party leaves with a new pair of pajamas," she said. "Without the community's support, we wouldn't be able to do this."

Riverside’s collections have steadily risen since the school began the drive four years ago, teacher and donation coordinator Haley Kirby said. 

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