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Genevieve Piturro
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Genevieve Piturro is the founder and executive director of the Pajama Program.

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Keeping Each Other Warm

(0) Comments | Posted September 22, 2015 | 4:31 PM


Last night I was cold as I put on my sleeveless nightgown. Sure, summer is technically over but the sun still keeps us warm by midday and women can wear open-toe shoes. I still see people in flip flops.

Shivering, I quickly changed...

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Back to School and Back on the Lookout for Children in Distress

(0) Comments | Posted August 31, 2015 | 12:57 PM


School is starting again and that means so many things. Some children are excited about moving up a grade while some may not be so excited about schoolwork again; new supplies are carried in new backpacks and brand new clothes are worn for...

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Where Will the Children Go Next?

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2015 | 11:03 AM


The first time I met a group of children who were laying down to sleep in their worn and soiled clothes I saw their tears and I heard their sobs. I have never forgotten that night and that memory both haunts me and...

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Kindness Every Day

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2015 | 9:33 AM


Every day all of us have opportunities to be kind, to offer a small gesture of comfort or a word of hope or encouragement to those we know well, and those we are meeting for the first time. Yesterday we held a Graduation...

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A Mother's Love

(0) Comments | Posted May 11, 2015 | 12:50 PM


(photo Clark Jones)

May brings us Mother's Day, a significant day for all mothers. It's a day full of loving and expressive gestures and the time when we focus on one singular female in the world. We celebrate the woman who gave birth...

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Stop and Be a Child Again

(0) Comments | Posted April 22, 2015 | 4:20 PM


Stop for just a minute. Take in what's around you. Trust me, it's worth it.

We adults take everything so seriously. Our days consist of deadlines, budgets and presentations. We never feel finished for the day and we regret leaving a mound of...

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A Bookstore Holds More Than Just Books

(0) Comments | Posted March 26, 2015 | 3:05 PM


We take a trip to the bookstore for granted, don't we?

Bookstores don't only hold books, they hold promises. Promises for new adventures, where new people and characters enter our lives with fascinating stories to tell us.

Every day we meet children and...

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BAM, BAM, BAM: A Boy, a Chef and a Dream

(0) Comments | Posted March 9, 2015 | 11:16 AM


I often reflect on the children I've met, read to, and shared things with. Recently I was thinking about a little boy named Jared who came to live at one of the group homes in Westchester. He was about 5 or 6 years...

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Nobody Cancelled

(0) Comments | Posted February 19, 2015 | 2:42 PM


Sitting in our Reading Center today we watched volunteer after volunteer come in from the freezing cold to read with our children. They walked in with heavy down coats and ski parkas, snow boots lined with fur, big Russian hats, wooly scarves, and...

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A Reading Buddy

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2015 | 1:45 PM


Reading alone can be calming after a busy day, a much-needed escape when nothing is going our way, a personal triumph when we finish an ambitious book choice. As adults, many of us look forward to those minutes or hours alone when we...

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Books as Chariots

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2014 | 8:01 AM


So many youngsters and teens alike are facing difficult days as the holidays near. They are in search of another world, a more loving community, a less lonely future to think about. Every day we see children come for their first Reading Party...

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Who Benefits More...the Children ... or the Volunteers?!

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2014 | 12:46 PM


Volunteers sometimes tell me they benefit more than the children they're reading with here at Pajama Program NYC! I love to hear how one hour with our children gave someone a chance to shower love on a child, while escaping together to an...

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That's My Boy!

(0) Comments | Posted October 30, 2014 | 12:45 PM

There is nothing quite as touching as watching a group of children sitting quietly, though quite anxiously, for their names to be called to receive a special gift. We see it every day but yesterday I really felt it.

During our morning Reading Party, 4-year old Louis needed...

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The HOUR of Inspiration

(0) Comments | Posted October 14, 2014 | 11:08 AM


There are few instances in life when you see true inspiration in action, when it's standing in front of you, revealed right before your eyes. More than a decade ago when I was first handing out pajamas and books in shelters someone told...

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A Little Girl, 10 Years Later

(0) Comments | Posted September 9, 2014 | 2:52 PM


Time flies. Yes, we hear that everyday don't we? And on some days we see it too.

Time flies. Can you see a difference you've made in someone's life?

One of the little girls I met about 10 years ago (when it was...

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What Do the Children Need?

(0) Comments | Posted August 11, 2014 | 2:17 PM


Every day we meet children dealing with difficult situations. Some of them are now discovering love and security for the first time. Many are still looking for tenderness and peace. They have been traumatized, abused, neglected, or worse. They've been living in a...

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Seeing Our Way to Foster Care Solutions

(0) Comments | Posted July 9, 2014 | 7:53 AM

The topic of foster care was the subject of Our America with Lisa Ling on OWN last week. The show focused on Los Angeles but the circumstances, scenarios and families could have been anywhere in the US. Ling reported that there are half a million foster kids in this country...

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A Home Run in the Midst of the World Cup!

(0) Comments | Posted June 26, 2014 | 8:53 AM

We are in the midst of World Cup soccer play, but this week has been a HOME-RUN for those of us in the early-learning literacy arena. On Tuesday, June 25th, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued its first-ever policy statement focused on literacy promotion, calling for pediatricians to advise all...

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Teaching Teens Money

(0) Comments | Posted June 3, 2014 | 4:01 PM

Don't you just love these Spring days? We might just get a Spring in NYC after all - and we feel like we certainly deserve it after the winter we endured!

It's these gorgeous relaxing days that unwind our minds and open us up to new ideas...or old ideas...

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Three Dreams

(0) Comments | Posted May 13, 2014 | 8:49 AM

I have come to realize there are 3 dreams wrapped up in Pajama Program

#1 The children's dreams.
If they are afraid, they want to feel protected and safe, if they are cold they want to feel warm and cozy, and if they are lonely they...

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