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Fixing the Hurt

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 09.26.2012 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

I sometimes feel overwhelmed by how much we promise all the children who are waiting for our pajamas and books. Will we receive enough support every year to get through our wait list? Can we deliver on our promise?

First PJs

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 09.15.2012 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

ometimes we can see emotions on faces of the children and imagine what their lives are like, but we can never know the answer to the most important question: Is he loved?

Her Own Clothes

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 08.27.2012 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

I remember as a child loving to visit my friends' houses. Sleeping in someone else's home was a treat. Now I can't help but wonder how many of the children we see at Pajama Program wish for a mundane routine in a home of their own.

Too Afraid to Ask

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 08.13.2012 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

While most of us grapple with fears of change, or fears we'll make a wrong move, can you imagine what it's like to be afraid to ask for something as simple as a book?

From the Mouths of Children

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 07.31.2012 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

I have learned a lot about life from some very smart people: children. Some of the simplest, purest truths have been told to me by six-year-olds.

For Joni's Whole Life

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 07.07.2012 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

We often hear about children in our Pajama Program reading groups who are transferred -- children we'll probably never see again. I can't help but won...

Meet Alfonse

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 06.24.2012 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

I will always remember one of my first reading groups in Yonkers, N.Y. One afternoon four little girls walked in and took a seat with me at our reading table. I said, "Oh, it's us girls today!" Then little Alfonse walked in and I said, "And one boy!"

A Stranger Makes Magic

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 06.11.2012 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

It was amazing to see him nestling close to her in complete silence, as she read to him page by page. Genna had no idea about Timothy's past behavior. She had no idea what magic had happened.

The Raindrop That Changed My Life

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 05.29.2012 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

As the children came into the room to sit and read with me, I gave each one a pair of pajamas. One little girl wouldn't take pajamas from me. She stood perfectly still, looked up at me, and asked in a whisper, "What are these?"

Her Name Is Mom

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 05.16.2012 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

A little boy once asked me, "If the children don't have moms, how do they grow up?" He looked very puzzled. It was a good question and I didn't have a good answer for him.

Pajamas, Like Brown Bag Lunches, Mean Someone Cares

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 05.03.2012 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

Laura and her young friend Maurice, shared meals at the start of their relationship, but it wasn't until an impromptu conversation about lunchtime did Laura learn the true meaning of a brown bag lunch.

Desperate to Be the Girl They Would Love

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 04.21.2012 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

I have always felt enormous compassion for the teenagers in foster care. Recently, I got to know a woman named Ivy.

Leaving Home

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 04.01.2012 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

It's time to find a bigger space and make our next NYC Reading Center just as magical, even more so. This has become our home and it's tearing me apart to leave, but I know it's time.

Her First Day

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 03.04.2012 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

Many of the girls in the group homes have been moved often. They've been taken away from their natural homes, sometimes shuffled between relatives and then foster homes. A group home can be just another stop for them.

For the Children

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 02.26.2012 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

So many of you have helped us grow and work harder and faster every year to reach more and more children in need. Your encouragement has fueled us to set our goals higher and higher.

The Child Within All of Us

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 02.14.2012 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

Pajama Program exists for a very simple reason: it reflects the child that lives within all of us, the child who is desperate for love, to belong, to matter to someone, even just to snuggle up on someone's lap.

Sweet Isabella

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 02.07.2012 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

Books and pajamas provide not only bedtime comfort and pretty pictures, they are often the only clean clothes a child has at the time and the only reading opportunity they'll have for a while.

Sammy's Story

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 02.01.2012 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

In 10 years I can say a lot has surprised me. But what strikes me as unforgivable every single day is that thousands of children never enjoy the simple comfort of having a mother or father tuck them in at bedtime with warm, clean pajamas and a bedtime story.