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Denver’s Mayor Encourages Staying In PJs All Day Thursday

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Denver Mayor Michael Hancock shows off his robe to preview this year's PJ Day. (credit: CBS)

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock shows off his robe to preview this year’s PJ Day. (credit: CBS)

DENVER (CBS4)- You may see a lot of people still in their PJs on Thursday. It’s all part of PJ Day to raise money for Denver’s Road Home, an organization working to help get the homeless off the streets.

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock said PJ Day is the biggest fundraiser of the year to help the homeless in the Denver metro area. He said the money raised goes directly to serving the homeless.

“What we’ve been able to count is 12,000 metro wide and 5,200 in the City of Denver are homeless. Over 25 percent of those are children on our streets, Denver Public School children that we can count, about 2,100,” said Hancock. “We definitely continue to have a challenge with regards to our homeless.”

Hancock said he has challenged the City of Denver employees to wear their PJs to work on Thursday in exchange for a donation to Denver’s Road Home.

Denver’s Road Home works to get the homeless off the streets. A great number of those living without permanent housing are families.

“Can you imagine 2,100 kids who may be sleeping in cars or hotels or maybe outside and then getting up and going to school hungry and cold,” said Hancock.

The 8th annual PJ Day is Feb. 7. PJ Day serves as a reminder that not everyone has a place to put on their pajamas and sleep at night. After PJ Day the annual fundraiser is Thursday night.

Individual tickets have sold out but those who want to get involved can reserve a suite at the Residence Inn City Center for the night of the party and get two tickets for just $275.

The Downtown Denver Partnership and the Southwest Rink at Skyline Park are proud to offer support to PJ Day benefiting Denver’s Road Home. Skaters who wear their pajamas to the Rink on February 7 will receive free skate rentals all day.

The money raised goes directly to fueling solutions to end homelessness in Denver such as providing shelter, assistance with medical issues, mental health, and substance abuse, case management, outreach services and building affordable housing.

LINK: http://pjday.org

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