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Grand Forks, ND (WDAZ-TV) - It's the 5th year the Community Pajama Drive has collected PJs for boys, girls and adults in Grand Forks.

The fundraiser was started when a young girl who lived in Grand Forks was being treated for leukemia in Minneapolis.

People donated toys, books and pajamas...

A family acquaintance, Leigh Olson, found the program to be so successful, she's keeping the program going, collecting PJs from generous folks in Grand Forks.

And all of those donations will go to people here locally.

“Community Violence Intervention Center, they are going out to people who had to leave nothing but the clothes on their back. Kind of helps them get back on their feet,” Olson said.

They're collecting donations at several locations until December 15th.

Drop-off sites are at Adley Anne’s, Prudential Crary Real Estate, American Tire South, GAP, Dusterhoft Family Stores, Once Upon a Child and Kelly Services.

They've collected nearly 2000 pairs of PJs in the 5 years. This year they hope collect 700.

Ryan Laughlin

Ryan Laughlin joins your home team from Minnetonka, Minnesota. Ryans journalism career started in high school. He was the sports editor of his high school newspaper. Then, at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire he made the jump into broadcasting. Ryan started a hunting and fishing show called, EC Outdoors on the student-run TV station. He is excited to be living in a town thats as enthusiastic about hockey as he is and likes to hunt and fish when he has time. Hes a die-hard Minnesota sports fan and is glad to be out of Packer country.

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