Cleveland Heights restaurant is collecting pajamas for homeless kids

Posted at 6:00 AM, Mar 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-21 07:37:36-04

The Salvation Army put out the call for help and our viewers answered.

Late last month, the organization told News 5 it needed pajamas for kids in the Zelma George Emergency Family Shelter.

Now one business is stepping up to the challenge.

Larese Purnell and chef Eric Rogers have been collecting children pajamas since last week at their restaurant — The Fix Bistro.

They're offering customers a 25 percent discount for bringing in clothes for the kids until the end of the month.

“That’s the shelter that I actually experienced living in growing up, so it’s near and dear to my heart to go back give back as much as we can,” said Purnell.

The Salvation Army's Zelma George Emergency Family Shelter just opened a year ago and is already near capacity.

Many living there are children and most arrive with just the clothes on their backs. So the shelter needs pajamas for almost all of them when they arrive.

The restaurant owners say they know what it's like to be in need so they felt the need to do something about it.

“Just to give a full effort and always try to get the community involved as well because we want, not just our efforts were shown, but the community as a whole,” said chef Rogers.

Right now, they say they’ve only gotten about 15 pairs of PJs and their hope is to have enough for 75 kids. Other businesses in the area have reached out offering to help them as well.


The Salvation Army

The Fix Bistro