RED OAK — Madison Zandt, daughter of Eric and Jennifer Zandt of Red Oak, is on a mission to collect new sets of pajamas for children in the area.

“About a year ago, Madison and I were watching Oprah (Winfrey’s television show) one afternoon,” Jennifer said. “They were doing a show about real neat people. There was this one lady from New Jersey collecting pajamas for children in foster homes. Oprah challenged the audience to collect pajamas. Thousands of pajamas were collected as a result.”

After seeing the Oprah program, Madison told her mother that she wanted to also collect pajamas for children. But no action was taken toward it until the two watched a “Good Morning, America” program in December. Madison’s vision was rekindled.

“I told her that if you want to do it, we’ll get started,” Jennifer said.

Madison also happens to be the current Texas Queen in her age group for the Today’s Girl organization, which is based out of New Jersey. She also is the national beauty queen.

“Madison has to do so many hours of community service for the organization and she will do the pajamas collection as part of that service,” Jennifer said. “My goal as a mom is to see her collect enough pajamas to distribute to every child in this area. She just told me that the reason she wanted to do the drive is so the children could have a good night’s sleep in their new pajamas.”

Drop-off points for the new pajamas are Waxahachie High School, 1000 U.S. Highway 77 North, and Sonic Drive In, 1484 N. Hampton Road, DeSoto. Madison will host the pajamas drive until March 31.

Today’s Girl is a community service-scholarship pageant system for girls, infant to 18 years old. For information, visit the Web site at www.todaysgirlonline.com or www.pajamaprogram.org. Contact Jennifer Zandt at 972-979-2930 for further information.

E-mail Paul at paul.gauntt@wninews.com