There are several organizations in our
community that collect toys or coats
around the holidays for those less fortunate.
But for one Trempealeau County woman
- Christmas has always been about comfort.
And so she's come up with her
own unique way to help those in need.
News Eight's Jennifer Livingston and photographer Kirk Arneson
bring us this weeks in search of report.
Tis the season for longer lines and fuller carts…
quick nats of filling cart…
But this is getting ridiculous.
Meet Diane Pischke.
Whitehall resident and extreme shopper.
But there's only one thing on Diane's list.
Lots and lots of pajamas.
"It came to me one day with the
holidays - it would be nice to have
needy children have a warm pair of pajamas for Christmas."
So four years ago Diane started collecting pj's
to donate to the Trempealeau county Human resources department.
Year one she was escited when
she turned over more than 75 pairs.
"And it's just escalated."
The next year she added drop spots around Trempealeau
county and even set up an account for donations.
"Last year I had a lady come up to me at Kwik trip
and she was like 'I've got money for you.' And she counts out $400.
And I cried.
This year she came back and game me $500."
"This October I got so much money - I can't believe it.
It's going to be a huge year this year."
Diane's passion for PJ's has not gone unnoticed.
In fact she is lovingly reffered
to around town as the pajama grandma.
"Everybody knows her as pajama grandma."
Deb Suchla is the Trempealeau County director
of human resources and says this donation
is so appreciated by the people who recieve them.
Deb "It's families that have struggled for
a long time, families that have recently struggled
that don't know how to ask for help.
It's such a variety of families that are
benefitting because of what Pajama Grandma has done."
Carol "It is really unique.
They have the rest of it - now they have the pajamas.
So it kind of ties up their whole
day and makes a great Christmas for them."
But there is another reason for Diane's
desire to give…a reason she rarely talks.
The truth is she is actually giving
'back' what she recieved so many years ago.
"At a time I had 4 kids and my husband was injured.
And things were pretty tough.
And I couldn't believe the generosity of the community.
And now it's time to give back."
This year she expects her grand
total to be well over 1200 pairs.
I can't believe it." getting choked up
Carol "She's doing it from her heart.
For her to take the time to go shopping, to bring it here.
That's pretty special."
Deb "There's so many people that are
impacted by this and I don't think Diane has
any clue how many people she is impacting this Christmas."
"Thank you for all you do.
You make others dreams come true.
You may not know it but you are the best
pajama grandma in town." And I got this just before Thanksgiving.
He said, 'I'm thankful for you and all you do."
And that goes for the rest of us.
In Whitehall with photographer Kirk
Arneson, Jennifer Livingston - news 8.
Diane says the generosity in
the community has been overwhelming.
She tells the story of a little boy in Galesville
named Nolan that for two years now has asked people
to give pajama donations instead of birthday presents on his birthday.
Diane collects pajamas all year long so
even though it's too late for this
year - she's always looking ahead to next year.
She has drop off spots at the Kwik Trip in Whitehall, Schaumburg
Law in Osseo, Jackie O's in Galesville and RCU in whitehall where
you can also make a monetary donation to the pajama grandma account.