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