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NMSU Doctoral Student Association sponsors pajama and book drive for local children

The Doctoral Student Association at New Mexico State University is sponsoring a pajama and book drive for local children, and to achieve the goal of serving nearly 600 children in the community 100 sponsors are needed before Friday's deadline.

The drive benefits children who are homeless, low-income or lack permanent residency in the Las Cruces, Gadsden, Hatch and Truth or Consequences public school districts. The Homeless Education Program identified 578 children in the four communities.

The pajama and book drive allows children, who range in age from 10 months to 19 years, to have a new book and set of pajamas this holiday season.

Kristin Rankin, the treasurer for the association, said this drive came to fruition after she heard about a similar drive at her daughters' school.

"I thought about the bedtime routine I go through with my own kids," she said. "It's something maybe we take for granted, but I think it really can help a kid feel safe and secure and loved as they go to bed with a special book and their favorite pajamas."

To sponsor a child, individuals can send an email indicating the number of children they would like to sponsor to lascrucespajamadrive@gmail.com. The association will respond with a child's first name, age, clothing size and collection dates and times.

The association is looking for pajamas and books, but they will not discard donations of additional items such as toothpaste, soap, underwear and socks. The group also would accept monetary donations to purchase books and pajamas. If the goal of 578 is fulfilled, any additional funds raised will be used to purchase items for children in Deming.

The NMSU Doctoral Student Association is composed of graduate students in NMSU's College of Education Counseling and Educational Psychology Department.