Lake Trust Credit Union donated $2,500 worth of pajamas to benefit Jamar’s Jammies for underprivileged inner-city youth, a unique effort conceived of by Cleary University senior and baseball team member Jamar Bray to bring smiles and warmth to children in need this holiday season.
Bray recalled that growing up in a single parent household he knew his mother’s struggles, including the sacrifices she made so he could live life and play baseball. He envisioned Jamar’s Jammies as a pajama drive to give back and positively impact families and underprivileged youth in troubled areas during the holiday season.
The announcement took place at the school’s Howell campus 2018 Holiday Tree Lighting Event sponsored by Lake Trust and hosted by Cleary University President and CEO Jayson E. Boyers on Nov. 29, 2018.
“Today, we’re celebrating Jamar Bray and his home run, Jamar’s Jammies,” said Lake Trust Credit Union President and CEO David Snodgrass. “What’s impressive in this young man — in addition to the great education he gets at Cleary — is wisdom. Jamar remembers where he comes from. And he remembers others in need.
“I think of all the children whose hearts will be touched this holiday because Jamar said, ‘I can at least do something so that a child in need has something this year.’ He started it all with a thought that he needed to try. Now it’s an impressive cause that we’re proud to support.”
“We all know what a fine young man Jamar is,” said President Boyers. “He exemplifies the spirit of Cleary, which extends beyond the classroom and baseball field to the community. We also would like to thank our partner, Lake Trust Credit Union.”
Cleary University announced in November 2017 that its new 150,000-square-foot athletic complex would be named Lake Trust Stadium and is slated to open in spring 2019 on the school’s campus.