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8-year-old Cape kid collecting pajamas for children in need

October 12, 2018
Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander


An 8-year-old Cape Coral girl wanted to help children in need and so has begun a pajama drive for the Donate4Kids Foundation.

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Taylor Reis, a student at North Fort Myers Academy for the Arts, is collecting pajamas for the Donate4Kids Foundation.

Ariadna Reis said her daughter, a student at North Fort Myers Academy for the Arts, first had an idea of doing something for the children at the hospital, but when they did not immediately hear back, they decided to find another way to contribute.

"I sent an email to Donate4Kids; they replied back right away," Ariadna said, adding that they asked what the foundation really needed. "'We need PJ's.' I said, 'OK, perfect. Let me talk to Taylor. We will go from there.'"

Taylor created a flier and asked her mom if she could post something on her Facebook page.

Taylor's flier says "My name is Taylor Reis and I believe that every kid needs to feel love and to have a good night, but when children are suddenly removed from their home due to abuse and neglect, they aren't given time to collect any belongings to take with them. They leave with only the clothes on their backs. Please help me to bring pajamas for kids in foster care, and give those kids like me, a good and comfy night in their new home."

A video was also created, which started the donations of pajamas.

The goal was 100 pajamas. By Friday, Oct. 5, she had met her goal. She had received 50 pajamas from friends and family and later that day a friend of the family surprised her with a shopping trip, which purchased the remaining 50 PJs.

Although the goal was met, Taylor decided she wanted to continue the pajama drive for another two months with a deadline of Nov. 30.

"I'm going to keep collecting them because so many people know. I can do more for the kids in foster care," Taylor told her mother. "She wants to get as many as she can."

The Reis family is looking for all sizes, from babies to older children.

"She is only 8 and she didn't understand much of foster kids," Ariadna said, adding that she is so happy they reached out to the foundation. "It's a neat project that she is working on."

Those who would like to donate to the cause can do so by contacting Ariadna at (239) 258-8580.

"Taylor has a paper with the inventory. I told her you have to be reliable and accountable for this because people are giving stuff and you have to prove that you are giving it to the right person," Ariadna said.



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