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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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Notes from the Children

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2014 | 1:37 PM

The "Kid Blog" on our Pajama Program website is full of sweet and tender notes and drawings from children who receive our pajamas and books. On a daily basis these notes melt our hearts as our imaginations fill with visions of smiling boys and girls gathering around impatiently...

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Where Is Shana?

(0) Comments | Posted March 28, 2014 | 8:34 AM

So often I find myself wondering about children who were once regulars with us at Pajama Program.

Last night while chatting with my husband about the kids that read with us yesterday he asked me,

"Do you ever see that little girl who used to come with the...

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Yes, I Want to Take Them All Home

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2014 | 9:45 AM

Over my 12 year journey growing Pajama Program and getting to know the children we serve, many of my friends and volunteers have asked, "How do you not break down and cry every time you meet a child who is going through so much hurt and loneliness?"


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Point to Yourself

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2014 | 4:02 PM

Somebody asked me for advice the other day. I told her if I had one word for her, or anyone, about leading a fulfilling life, I would say "Give." It doesn't matter if you give to something I am involved in or not, just Give - in some way: money,...

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Friends in Cold Times

(0) Comments | Posted January 27, 2014 | 9:16 PM

My husband came into the bedroom last night and said, "It's freezing in here. I'm bringing in the space heater."

Easy for him to say.

As I watched him drag in the appliance and plug it in, I thought, "How unfair that it's easy for most of us to stay...

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January -- March, Let the Holidays Last for the Children!

(0) Comments | Posted December 13, 2013 | 3:33 PM

Christmas is coming! New Year's is almost here! The season has come and gone so fast!

All true... but we know that for tens of thousands of children across the U.S., the months of January, February and March are just as significant -- maybe more so -- than December with...

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Finding My Purpose in a Pair of Pajamas

(0) Comments | Posted November 26, 2013 | 4:06 PM

I thought only rare and special people find their purpose in life. I am here to tell you that's not the case! All of us have a true purpose but many of us don't believe it until a trigger urges us to search for it. Something happens to shake us,...

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Pajamas to Comfort Body and Soul

(0) Comments | Posted October 30, 2013 | 5:57 PM

When I started Pajama Program my intent was to give the children I saw pajamas to keep them covered and clean. They had nothing in the emergency shelters. My first thought was for their comfort and health through the night, which for them was surely long and lonely....

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A Bedtime Promise to Keep

(0) Comments | Posted October 14, 2013 | 4:31 PM

When I was a little girl I remember making wishes and promises at bedtime...sometimes wishing so hard that I would make promises to God to make my wishes come true. My wishes then were simple - a new bicycle, fancy clothes for my Barbie, high marks on a test, all...

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Scary Monsters Under the Bed

(0) Comments | Posted September 24, 2013 | 11:27 AM

It's time we chased some monsters away. On October 1st Pajama Program will make an announcement that we hope will help a lot more children in need go to bed feeling a little warmer, loved a little more and with a better chance of replacing nightmares with dreams...

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Feeling the Chill in the Air

(0) Comments | Posted September 5, 2013 | 1:27 PM

This morning as I left my house for the train station I felt a strange chill in the air that surprised me. Not only was I reminded that it's September already, but the chill brings with it a larger reminder for me -- "Danger Season" is near. I grew up...

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Teen Girls Prove Their Power in the Middle

(0) Comments | Posted August 1, 2013 | 2:10 PM

Teen girls are very close to my heart. They are vulnerable, sensitive, brave and too often fearful of tomorrow... Our first Reading Program at Pajama Program"s new Reading Center here for Middle School-age girls was held every day for two weeks this past July. The girls named the...

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What Happens at Bedtime?

(0) Comments | Posted July 10, 2013 | 1:10 PM

What happens at bedtime? I have thought about this almost every day for the past 12 years. But I didn't think about it at all for 35 years before that. It's amazing what we don't think about when we're busy working, running errands, making plans, having a good time, fixing...

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Literacy Through Love... and a Bedtime Story

(1) Comments | Posted June 21, 2013 | 1:10 PM

Every one of us can have a real impact on a child's life. A teacher's role is pivotal from the start. I recently spoke to a group at the TEPSA conference (Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association) and had the opportunity to share experiences about the children we all serve....

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The Door to His Bedroom Past

(3) Comments | Posted May 30, 2013 | 12:16 PM

They say "you can't go home again"...but sometimes someone just needs to open the door.

As we ready our new Reading Center in NYC for Opening Day I am haunted by a call I received several years ago. The call came from a man who said he read...

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Inspiration for the Children...or for Us?

(0) Comments | Posted May 3, 2013 | 1:55 PM

Over the past several weeks...we have been readying our new, larger Pajama Program Reading Center in NYC. Our Grand Opening is June 5 and we are now focused on outfitting our Teen Scene room. In this room we're showcasing inspirational and motivational quotes in a mural. But as...

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More Children to our New Reading Center!

(2) Comments | Posted April 16, 2013 | 3:41 PM

Our Grand Opening date is June 5th in NYC for our new, bigger Pajama Program Reading Center.

Our Literacy Program's goal is focused on lifelong learning and upon making a positive impact on the growth of our student readers. To this end we're making plans to fill...

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I Never Had a Nightgown Before

(0) Comments | Posted March 28, 2013 | 2:49 PM

Feeling connected to the children we serve is so important to all of us. In every box of pajamas and books we send to group homes and shelters we include a sheet called Pajama Program's Kids Blog sheet. We hope the staff there will ask a few...

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Planting a Seed at Bedtime

(3) Comments | Posted February 13, 2013 | 11:26 AM

It's official -- we're expanding in NYC in May! Moving to a larger Pajama Program Reading Center has been a dream for all of us for several years. We'll now be able to invite 3,000 children here every year for reading sessions!

Many of the...

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Very Little to Call Their Own

(0) Comments | Posted January 24, 2013 | 5:34 PM

A sad lesson we have learned over our 11 years is that too often, children in foster care have little that they can call their own. We have been working to help change that sad fact, even just a little. The letters and cards we receive every week give us...

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