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'Love Is Something If You Give It Away"

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 06.17.2016 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

Twenty feet from me, four-year-old children are giggling, sitting in a circle in a small room, waiting to find out what happens next in this new place...

A Horrific Flashback

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 05.31.2016 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

Just when I think I've seen it all, or at least a lot of it over 15 years of Pajama Program, a horrific memory engulfs me and shakes me all over again...

Saying No to Naysayers on Your Path

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 04.15.2016 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

On the road to fulfilling your true purpose you're not always joined by cheerleaders. Even those closest to you may not rally in support and you may b...

When All Is Not Right With the World

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 03.22.2016 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

There are days we wake up and all is not right with the world. Somebody is wreaking havoc and it takes everything we have to keep going, keep looking for peace somewhere within us to find a way to make things better for ourselves, our family, our community and the world.

"Happy" Is Not a Lightweight Word

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 02.26.2016 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

Too often people dismiss the word "happy" as frivolous. Some think it's a throwaway word, insubstantial and shallow. I happen to think it's an extraor...

Who Knew What We Would Find

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 01.29.2016 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

Unexpected turns of fate happen every day ... One day something propels us off our path and we find ourselves in a whole new world ... something we ne...

'I Wish I Never Left'

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 12.29.2015 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

Holiday wishes are a big deal for all of us, but especially for children. And for the children we see, we know how sacred a simple wish can be.

Bedtime Memories 80 Years later

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 12.08.2015 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

Memories of our bedtimes don't go away. They aren't written down anywhere and sometimes it's a stretch to pull them up if we go looking for them. But once in a while a memory is triggered and comes rushing to the forefront, spilling over into our present.

Abundance in Many Forms

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 11.18.2015 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

The children never lack in enthusiasm when they nestle up with a volunteer to listen to a story, just for them. When they arrive, they are overflowing with anticipation for what's going to happen, and when they leave they are filled with an extraordinary amount of joy and love.

Kids Helping Kids and Making a Difference

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 10.20.2015 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

"Danger Season" started on October 1st. This is the time of year when the temperatures drop and the chill at night makes it the most desperate time for the children we serve. This is the time when children are cold, afraid and lonely.

Keeping Each Other Warm

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 09.22.2015 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

We can't lose sight of how many families may not even have pajamas to change into - how many children sleep in their clothes. How many families feel a cold that comes from neglect and loneliness. The change in weather only amplifies their chill.

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

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 09.11.2015 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

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 schoo...

Where Will the Children Go Next?

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 07.15.2016 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

. No child should be tossing and turning in bed in too-tight old and dirty jeans. No child should cry herself to sleep feeling alone in the dark. No child deserves to be afraid at night because tomorrow she is being transferred to another "new place."

Kindness Every Day

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 06.09.2016 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

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.

A Mother's Love

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 05.11.2016 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

Every day we hear stories about extraordinary women who stand up for children who are alone and neglected, women who have families of their own and take steps to adopt a child, take in a troubled teen, open their arms and homes to abandoned, sometimes sick babies.

Stop and Be a Child Again

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 06.22.2015 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

Children are always in the moment. Watching them reminds us what it felt like when we were kids. We played too, we had fun, we were spontaneously in the moment... and we laughed. You remember that, right?

A Bookstore Holds More Than Just Books

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 05.26.2015 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

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.

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

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 05.09.2015 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

ecently 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 old. We never know the children's back stories, nor their current situations there, except that most of them were orphaned and understandably confused when they first arrive.

Nobody Cancelled

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 04.21.2015 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

The joy our volunteers know awaits them is motivation to keep their promise to be here. Despite the meteorologist's urging, "Severe weather warning, stay home if you can," they know that once they sit on the floor to read with the children, there's no memory of the arctic cold.

A Reading Buddy

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 03.30.2015 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

When you are a child, reading alone can be lonely. If you don't know the meaning of a word, there's no one to ask, and if you stumble on a pronunciation, no one will help you smooth it out. So we decided to design a pilot program called "Pajama Program Reading Buddy Plus.

Books as Chariots

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 02.09.2015 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

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 les...

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

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 01.20.2015 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

Volunteers enter our magical world and immediately lose their adult demeanor. They stop being grown-up and in moments revert back to the cuddly, carefree children they themselves once were.

That's My Boy!

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 12.30.2014 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

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 ...

The HOUR of Inspiration

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 12.14.2014 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

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 tha...

A Little Girl, 10 Years Later

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 11.09.2014 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

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? ...