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Viewer donates 150 pajamas to WUSA9 Give Joy Campaign

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) --- The Give Joy Campaign was a massive success at our station for helping local kids in need. 

One area woman and her family got inspired to donate a holiday gift tradition to the campaign.

Kathy Jackson grew up getting pajamas every Christmas Eve. It's a tradition she has carried on with the start of her own family.  Jackson is a mom of three adopted sons from foster care. She said her children did not own pajamas when she first met them.

"My oldest son had never had a new set. I just remembered how excited he got when he got his first pair," she said.

What began as a point of joy turned into a source of strength and healing for Jackson, when she was diagnosed with leukemia. She spent months in the hospital undergoing a bone marrow transplant.

"All I could wear for 12 weeks was pajamas and friends sent me all kinds."

Jackson was touched by her friends' pajama gifts. After her recovery she decided her boys would join in to create a pajama donation during Christmas time for children in foster care.

"I wanted to get them back on focusing on being grateful and remembering other people weren't as lucky as they were," she said.

Three years ago the DC Holiday Pajama Drive launched. Through mostly word-of-mouth and a Facebook page, people from all over the country mailed in pajamas.

This year they have received nearly 1,500 pairs from as far away as Alaska, Hawaii and even Australia.

Jackson saw our broadcast on the Give Joy campaign for local homeless and low-income families.

"I started thinking that kids in shelters and families in shelters are just in much need as kids in foster care...It's right in line with what we wanted to do," she said. 

Jackson donated 150 new pairs of pajamas to the campaign. The pajamas will be given to local children in need within the Volunteers of America programs.