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ABOUT TOWN: Get Free Frozen Yogurt at Orange Leaf While Helping Local Families in Need

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WHAT DO PAJAMAS & FROZEN YOGURT HAVE IN COMMON? Not much! But the Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt at Cobbs Corner in Canton is collecting donations from customers this holiday season as part of the Orange Leaf Pajama Drive.

Locally, the drive will benefit Father Bill’s & MainSpring (FBMS), the leading provider of emergency shelter, housing and supportive services in the South Shore area. FBMS helps people struggling with homelessness or at risk of homelessness to achieve self-sufficiency. Of course, Father Bill’s MainSpring also owns the Evelyn House on Prospect Street in Stoughton.

Customers who donate one new pair of pajamas at the Canton Orange Leaf location (next to Five Guys Burgers) will be rewarded with a free 3-ounce serving of Frozen Yogurt.

The Orange Leaf Pajama Drive is a community-giving initiative that will take place in participating stores nationwide. With more than 200 stores across the country, each market has selected its own local nonprofit to receive the donations of brand new pajamas. 

Canton store Owner Gerry Pelissier told About Town he hopes the program will provide more comfortable nights for those in homeless shelters.

He added that the program is open until December 16 and he is eager to give out the coupons: "The more free yogurt I give out, the more pajamas we collect for people in need."  

Bonnie Policow of Magical Headdress in Stoughton is spearheading the efforts of the Stoughton Chamber of Commerce to assist Orange Leaf, a member of the Chamber, in this charity drive.

“Orange Leaf is an unconventional brand – and we wanted to do something different from the more traditional food or coat drive this holiday season,” Reese Travis, CEO of Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt said.

Travis added: “Memories of cozy pajamas during the winter months warm our souls. Through our Pajama Drive, Orange Leaf is hoping to help thousands of people stay a little warmer this winter, too. Sometimes it’s the simple things like a warm pair of pajamas that can really make a difference.”

The drive is run with help from Orange Leaf's friends at Massachusetts DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America).

Father Bill’s & MainSpring has become the leading provider of services to prevent and end homelessness on the South Shore and in Southeastern Massachusetts. The organization helps almost 4,000 people annually who are homeless, or at risk of homelessness, to achieve self-sufficiency.

This assistance includes an immediate solution of shelter-based services, a short-term solution of transitional housing and a long-term solution of permanent supportive housing.

Father Bill’s & MainSpring is a 501(c)(3) non-profit with administrative offices in Quincy and Brockton and program offices throughout Southeastern Massachusetts. For more information, visit www.helpfbms.org or call 617-376-2255.

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HAPPY BELATED ANNIVERSARY: Happy 23rd Anniversary to Faye and Lawrence Siegel of Stoughton. They celebrated Sunday.

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