Valley Mall's Holiday Shoppers Provide Sweet Dreams to Needy Children

Valley Mall's Holiday Shoppers Provide Sweet Dreams to Needy Children
Shoppers Can Donate New Pajamas and New Books at Operation PJ Pile Up Collection Bins In Mall's Guest Services Through December

November 17, 2008, Hagerstown, MD- More than 500,000 children in the U.S. have been abused or abandoned and live in foster care. Many have never enjoyed the simple comfort of having a parent tuck them in at night in clean, warm pajamas, or had books for bedtime stories. That's why Valley Mall is taking part in Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust's (PREIT) Operation PJ Pile Up to collect new pajamas or new books for children in need this holiday season. Collection bins are located in the mall's Guest Services through Wednesday, December 31.
"During the holidays people want to give. Operation PJ Pile Up gives our shoppers a way to help children feel like someone is wrapping their arms around them," says Brian Kaltenbaugh, marketing director for Valley Mall. "We encourage the community to donate a new pair of pajamas or new books at our Operation PJ Pile Up collection bin. Sizes ranging from toddler to young adult are welcome. Your generosity will affect a local child who may not have the warmth of a parent's love."
Valley Mall's efforts are part of Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust's (PREIT) company-wide Operation PJ Pile Up campaign taking place at all 39 PREIT shopping malls. The charity drive is a partnership between PREIT and the Pajama Program, a national non-profit that delivers new pajamas and new books to children and teens in need. The goal of Operation PJ Pile Up is to collect 25,000 new pajamas and 2,500 new books across all participating malls.
"Children are most vulnerable during this time of year," says Genevieve Piturro, founder and Executive Director of the Pajama Program. "We're grateful PREIT has sought out our organization and supports our efforts to help children, especially during these troubling times. The need is especially great for pajamas and books for older children."
Since 2001, the Pajama Program has provided more than 213,000 pajamas and books to children nationwide. Today, it has 73 chapters in 42 states nationwide.
Operation PJ Pile Up is a component of Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust's (PREIT) PREIT Cares program, the company's springboard for charitable giving which focuses on healthcare, education, arts, social responsibility and sustainability initiatives.
About Valley Mall
Valley Mall, owned and operated by Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust (PREIT), features more than 903,000 square feet of retail space and offers a mix of tenants that includes Macy's, The Bon Ton, JCPenney, Old Navy, Bath & Body Works, Gap, Sears, RC Theatre and Charlotte Russe.
About Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust
Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust, founded in 1960 and one of the first equity REITs in the U.S., has a primary investment focus on retail shopping malls and power centers. Currently, the Company's retail portfolio is approximately 34 million square feet and consists of 55 properties, including 38 shopping malls, 13 strip and power centers, and four properties under development. The Company's properties are located in 13 states in the eastern half of the United States, primarily in the Mid-Atlantic region. PREIT is headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Company's website can be found at www.preit.com. PREIT is publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol PEI.