CRANFORD, NJ – Doctors Alex and Wendy Lyubarsky, owners of A & W Chiropractic Center, are collecting new pajamas and books for Union County children in need. This is the 9th year that the practice has held a clothing and book drive for the holiday season.

The collected items will be donated to The Pajama Program, an organization that collects new pajamas and books for kids in shelters.

“I read an article about Genevieve Piturro, the lady who started The Pajama Program,” Wendy Lyubarsky said. “She used to go to shelters, and read bedtime stories to the kids. She realized that these kids go to bed in their street clothes and saw a need to get these kids some comfort. At that time our daughter was a year old, and it spoke to us. We've been doing ever since.”

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The donated pajamas and books are picked up by Lydia Chandler, president for the Union County chapter of The Pajama Program. Chandler delivers them directly to Union County shelters, with the exception of 2012, when some pajamas and books were donated to families down the shore who were affected by Hurricane Sandy.

“We're always overwhelmed by the generosity of the people in our practice, our community and our friends and patients who are longshoremen in Elizabeth,” the Lyubarsky’s said. “They always take up a huge collection of PJ’s for our drive.”

Last year, the Lyubarsky’s donated approximately 800 pairs of pajamas. This year, they have received 300 pairs and counting.

“This is just the beginning,” the Lyubarsky’s said.

To donate, drop off new books and pajamas to A & W Chiropractic Center at 126 South Avenue between 9:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday, between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Wednesday or between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Sizes for babies through teens are needed for boys and girls.