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WARMC continues tradition of giving children warm sleepwear

December 29, 2018

BULLHEAD CITY — There’s nothing like waking up in a new set of pajamas.

Actually, there is something even better: waking up in a new set of pajamas that you have chosen for yourself.

Children from the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Colorado River got to experience that feeling thanks to an effort by employees of Western Arizona Regional Medical Center.

Jena Morga, director of marketing at WARMC, said it’s a tradition that’s been going on for the last few years. She said the word starts circulating around Black Friday, and employees go shopping for the children, depositing their finds in a box out front.

Staff members (and WARMC Auxiliary members and CareFlight staff) collected 96 sets of pajamas, Morga said, offering something for everyone — variation in size, material and theme were evident.

Each child also received a pair of socks.

A variety of staff members showed up to help the kids find the right jammies. Morga said the volunteers came from all areas of the hospital.

“We really do love to give back,” she said. “It’s rewarding to see (the children) come in and they like” the pajamas.

There were Minion pajamas, superhero pajamas, donut pajamas and others. Notably missing was holiday-themed sleepwear.

“We’d rather give them something they can wear all year,” Morga said.

Lili-Ana Carballo, 9, didn’t look very long. She found a unicorn set in her favorite colors (pink and teal), sitting at the top of the pile for her size.

“I saw how cute it was and I had to have it,” she said.

Lili-Ana said she’s grateful to see people donate pajamas to kids who really need them.

“It shows that they are caring people,” she said.

Club CEO Autumn Boyle-Robinson said the pajama event is a special thing for the hospital to do for the children, at a special time of the year.

“It’s (also) a relief for the parents,” Boyle-Robinson said. “It takes something off their plate.”

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