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This Centereach family turned their love for PJs into a tradition of helping others during the holidays

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This Centereach family takes pride in helping those in need during the holiday season.

Patricia Poggi and her three sons Edward, Jeremy, and Patrick started holiday pajama drive over a decade ago. They call it EJ’s PJ’s; Poggi named it after her sons.

Pajamas are a big thing for the Poggi family. Each year, it’s family tradition for them to wear their “Poggi Plaid Pajamas” for Christmas. They took their love for cozy pajamas and wanted to give to the less fortunate.

The Poggi boys rocking their plaid pajamas. (Credit: Instagram)

The Poggis got to collecting in 2011.

“We started with 30 or 40 pajamas [that year],” said Poggi, who 12 years ago was inspired to help others after her life-changing weight-loss transformation. She lost over 100 pounds after struggling with her weight for years.

The pajama drive has grown ever since into a yearly tradition.

According to EJ’s PJ’s, they collected over 1,000 pajamas last year.

The family has teamed with the Town of Brookhaven to help bring in even more PJs.

On Saturday, Dec. 10, the group will hosting a collection drive from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the New Village Community Center in Centereach. Santa will also be on hand at this event for photos with with kiddos.

They are asking you to bring a pair of new pajamas in any size.

Can’t make the drive? There is also drop-off locations across Brookhaven Town. See the locations below.

Follow their Instagram for more information: @ejspjspajamadrive

EJ’s PJs 2022 Pajama Drop-Off Locations

  1. Auto Pro Auto Parts: 105 Mark Tree Rd, Centereach, NY 11720
  2. Be Wild Fitness: 138 Ronkonkoma Ave, Lake Ronkonkoma, NY 11779
  3. Bev Francis Powerhouse Gym: 235-C, Robbins Ln, Syosset, NY 11791
  4. Bohemia Starbucks: 4577 Sunrise Highway, Bohemia, NY 11716
  5. Brookhaven Town Hall: 1 Independence Hill, Farmingville, NY 11738
  6. Bustos Martial Arts: 439 Hawkins Ave, Lake Ronkonkoma, NY 11779
  7. Cafe Spiga: 176 N Country Rd, Mt Sinai, NY 11766
  8. Centereach High School: 14 43rd St, Centereach, NY 11720
  9. Centereach Starbucks: 1942 Middle Country Rd, Centereach, NY 11720
  10. Commack Starbucks: 686 Commack Rd, Commack, NY 11725
  11. Competition Auto Group (Offices): 10 Jefferson Ave, St James, NY 11780
  12. Competition BMW of Smithtown: 599 Middle Country Rd, St James, NY 11780
  13. Competition Infiniti of Smithtown: 587 Middle Country Rd, St James, NY 11780
  14. Competition Subaru of Smithtown: 601 Middle Country Rd, St James, NY 11780
  15. Connect Church: 31 Horseblock Rd, Centereach, NY 11720
  16. Dawnwood Middle School: 10 43rd St #2366, Centereach, NY 11720
  17. Farmingville Starbucks: 2280 N Ocean Ave, Farmingville, NY 11738
  18. Grime’s Fitness: address reserved for friends and family
  19. Homegrown Essentials Wellness Pediatrics & Family: 257 E Main St, Smithtown, NY 11787
  20. Hummus Fit Deer Park: 41 Mercedes Way Deer Park, NY 11717
  21. Hummus Fit Lindenhurst: 38 E Sunrise Hwy, Lindenhurst, NY 11757
  22. Hummus Fit Lynbrook: coming soon!
  23. Hummus Fit Ronkonkoma: 200 Ronkonkoma Ave, Ronkonkoma, NY 11779
  24. Hummus Fit Selden: 680 Middle Country Rd, Selden, NY 11784
  25. Hummus Fit Woodbury: 150 Woodbury Road, Woodbury, NY 11797
  26. Hummus Mediterranean Holbrook: 1066 Main St, Holbrook, NY 11741
  27. JeJoJo Bagels: 207 Middle Country Rd, Centereach, NY 11720
  28. Koga Fitness Training Center at CRDC: 278 Portion Road, Ronkonkoma, NY 11779
  29. Law Firm of Mark S. Eghrari & Associates, PLLC: 50 Karl Ave #202, Smithtown, NY 11787
  30. La Famiglia: 90 West Main Street, Babylon, NY 11702
  31. Manorville Starbucks: 485 Eastport Manor Road, County Road 111, Manorville, NY 11949
  32. Martino Physical Therapy: 150 Portion Rd #3, Holtsville, NY 11742
  33. Mattituck Starbucks: 10095 Main Rd, Mattituck, NY 11952
  34. Medford Starbucks:  2717 Medford Ave, NY-112, Medford, NY 11763
  35. Mercedes Benz of Huntington: 1103 E Jericho Turnpike, Huntington, NY 11743
  36. Mercedes Benz of Smithtown: 630 Middle Country Rd, St James, NY 11780
  37. Migrate Realty: 1087 Smithtown Avenue, Bohemia, NY 11716
  38. Nesconset Starbucks: 465 Smithtown Blvd, Nesconset, NY 11767
  39. Nick Caracappa, Suffolk County Legislator: 325 Middle Country Road, Suite 3, Selden, NY 11784
  40. Oxhead Road Elementary School: 144 Oxhead Rd, Centereach, NY 11720
  41. Poggi Front Porch: address reserved for friends and family
  42. Re/Max Integrity Leaders, Karen Roth: 1315 Middle Country Road, Centereach, NY 11720
  43. Re/Max Integrity Leaders, Karen Roth: 177 W Main Street, Smithtown, NY 11787
  44. Redefine Fitness: 1113 N Country Rd Bldg 4 Suite C, Stony Brook, NY 11790
  45. Redefine Fitness: 5507 Nesconset Hwy Suite 2, Mt Sinai, NY 11766
  46. Rocky Point Starbucks: NY-25A, Rocky Point, NY 11778
  47. SCPD Seventh Precinct: 1491 William Floyd Pkwy, Shirley, NY 11967
  48. SCPD Sixth Precinct: 400 Middle Country Rd, Selden, NY 11784
  49. Selden Middle School: 22 Jefferson Ave, Centereach, NY 11720
  50. Selden Starbucks: 1251 Middle Country Road, Selden, NY 11784
  51. Senator Mario Mattera: 180 E Main St Suite 210, Smithtown, NY 11787
  52. Sensory Solutions: 196 N Belle Mead Rd #3, Setauket- East Setauket, NY 11733
  53. Setauket Starbucks: 246 North Country Road, NY-25A, Setauket- East Setauket, NY 11733
  54. Shear Imagination Salon: 1262 Waverly Ave, Farmingville, NY 11738
  55. Sky Tan: 1198 Middle Country Rd, Selden, NY 11784
  56. Smithtown Performing Arts Center: 2 East Main Street, Smithtown, NY 11787
  57. Snow Shed: 1004 NY-112, Port Jefferson Station, NY 11776
  58. South Shore Iron NPV: 208 E Main St, Patchogue, NY 11772
  59. Sprinter of Smithtown: 630 Middle Country Road, St James, NY 11780
  60. Starbucks 13th/1st: 219 First Ave. New York 10003
  61. Starbucks 15th and 3rd: 145 Third Ave, New York 10003
  62. Starbucks 17th/1st: 286 First Ave A, New York 10009
  63. Starbucks 19th and Park: 240 Park Ave South, New York 10003
  64. Starbucks 23rd and Park: 304 Park Ave South, New York 10010
  65. Starbucks 23rd between 5th/6th: 14 W 23rd, New York, NY 10010
  66. Starbucks 23rd/1st: 400 E 23rd St. New York, 10010
  67. Starbucks 25th/Lexington: 50 Lexington Ave, New York 10010
  68. Starbucks 26th/Broadway: 1140 Broadway, New York, NY 10010
  69. Starbucks Pick Up 13th/University: 111 University Place, New York 10003
  70. Stony Brook Hospital Starbucks: 101 Nicolls Rd, Stony Brook, NY 11794 ***Located on Level 5 of the hospital lobby
  71. Stony Brook Starbucks: 1320 Stony Brook Road, Stony Brook, NY 11790
  72. Suffolk AME: 30 Orville Drive, Bohemia, NY 11716
  73. Syosset Starbucks: 390 Jericho Turnpike, Syosset, NY 11791
  74. Teachers Pets Preschool, Inc.: 307 Hawkins Ave, Lake Ronkonkoma, NY 11779 ***Located at the Holy Cross Lutheran Church
  75. United Methodist Nursery School: 792 Hawkins Ave, Lake Grove, NY 11755
  76. US-1 Auto Repair: 2460 Middle Country Rd, Centereach, NY 11720
  77. Victoria’s Secret & PINK Deer Park Outlets: 152 The Arches Cir, Deer Park, NY 11729
  78. White Castle Centereach: 2201 Middle Country Rd, Centereach, NY 11720

Top: Patricia Poggi and her three sons Edward, Jeremy, and Patrick at a holiday pajama drive. (Credit: Instagram)