Our Mission is Simple: to Bring Comfort to Children in their Time of Need.

Our Recipients ~ Our Successes

Pajama Jams is an organization providing new pajamas to children in need.  To date, 11,000 local children in Hampton Roads have received help from Pajama Jams.  As the need in our area has grown, so has the need for extended support.  Starting with this year’s campaign, Pajama Jams has increased our goal to helping 30,000 children throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia by the 2020 Holiday season!  In addition to hosting pajama collection events and/or serving as a pajama collection location, we ask you to consider a cash donation of any size. Your direct gift will help us reach more children than ever before, protecting their right to a peaceful, comforting night’s sleep.

How to make a cash donation:

  • Visit us online at pajamajams.org
  • Call us at (757) 563-3685.
  • Write a check made payable to Pajama Jams and mail to: 3419 Virginia Beach Blvd. #121, Virginia Beach, VA 23452

Since 2008, we have raised more than 12,000 new pairs of pajamas which were donated to children throughout Hampton Roads via various programs:

  • The Housing Resource Center, Virginia Beach
  • The Samaritan House
  • ForKids
  • BF Williams Elementary, PB Young Elementary, Jaycox Elementary, and Tidewater Park Elementary School in Norfolk, VA.

The out-pouring of help in our community for this project is unrivalled.  Our sponsors truly help make it happen by hosting events throughout the year.  From The Pajama Jams Club at Cape Henry Collegiate, to the Girl Scouts, the Norfolk Admirals, Whole Foods Market Virginia Beach, InletFitness, and The Children’s Museum, to list a few,  we are grateful for the effort put forth in helping children in need right here in our community.  Thank you to everyone involved, for your community spirit, your generosity and for the countless hours you donated to make this project a success.

Our Humble Start – Erika Tucker’s story

What started as a life lesson for her children has grown into her life’s work.  Military wife and mother of three, Virginia Beach resident Erika Tucker always believed in giving back to her community.  She knew she wanted to instill that value in her young children.  Her lightbulb moment came on Christmas Eve in 2008.

Erika explains, “It is our tradition to open one gift on Christmas Eve. Every year, I took delight in wrapping up matching pajamas for my children. Then one year, it all changed. My then 8 year old son and 6 year old daughter made no bones in expressing their disappointment. They wanted to open the latest video game — not some “dumb” pair of pajamas. In what I considered a teachable moment for my kids, I began to lecture them on how many children would give anything to receive just a pair of pajamas for Christmas.

But, it was not enough for me to state it, I decided to show them with deeds.  I wanted them to see that although they were blessed with many material possessions, there was much more to life. And that is how Pajama Jams was founded. For my kids, it became a mission of gratitude and giving back.  For the thousands of needy children in our community, it has become a labor of love — one pair at a time.”

About Erika Tucker
Erika Tucker is a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and holds a BFA Textile Design.  Before becoming a full-time mom and military spouse, Erika was a fashion marketing manager for Cotton Inc. in NY, where she managed the research and direction of color, fabric, and styling of home fabrics and floor covering markets in the U.S., Europe and Asia.  She was also an independent art instructor for the Creative Learning Academy where she taught an after school art enrichment program to elementary and middle school children.