PENN HILLS (KDKA) – With Thanksgiving less than a week away, a lot of organizations are gathering food and donations for those in need.

But in Penn Hills, some students are collecting something else.

The kindergarten students from imagine Penn Hills Charter School in Verona are holding a pajama drive.

The five and six year olds know a lot about caring, compassion, and giving and are excited about the project.

They hope to collect 100 pairs of pajamas in all sizes and styles.

Teacher Lakisha Jones says the students have been very enthusiastic about the project.

“They ran in here, pajamas dropping all over the floor. They are holding them yelling ‘Look Miss Jones, I have my pajamas.’ So they were super excited,” she says.

The clothing will be distributed to so many families in need right here in the Pittsburgh area.

“We talk a lot about kindness and respect and responsibility. We’re just trying to build good character education within our students,” Jones says.

In addition to collecting all of the pajamas, students here are also gathering up books to hand out to kids in need

“They could have brought in pajamas or a book for a needy family just to again reinforce reading and how we kind of take that for granted that we have a library and books are just readily available to us but not always available to others in need, so we really wanted to tie that in,” Jones adds.

The collection is part of a nationwide pajama drive organized by the scholastic book club.

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