BENEFITING: Pajama Program, Inc.
Last year we had a record drive! We collected over $1550.00 on our Crowdrise website to the direct benefit of Pajama Program. We also collected 218 NEW pajamas and 177 new books! Can we do better this year, we hope so but only with your help.
We are collecting until November 1, 2015. Please consider donating to our drive or holding your own.
Pajama Program provides new pajamas and new books to children in need nationwide, many of whom are waiting to be adopted. These children live in group homes, shelters and temporary housing facilities and are shuffled often from one place to another. Many of them have been abandoned, abused or neglected. Most of these children have never enjoyed the simple comfort of having a parent tuck them in at bedtime with warm, clean pajamas and a bedtime story. Some of the children are living with their families below the poverty level, in desperate need of food, clothing and shelter. These two simple gifts of pajamas and books let the children know that someone cares - sometimes these are the only new things they have ever received. Who Are Our Children? Children in need ranging from newborn to age 18. Children who are living 200% below the poverty level. Children of teenage pregnancies with parents who struggle to take care of them. Children who are homeless and living in shelters. Children who come to the shelter without any clothing or belongings. Children in foster care. Children who are youth of incarcerated parents. Children who have been physically or emotionally abused and neglected. Children who are emotionally traumatized. Children who have been abandoned. Children who are in head start programs. “We have some children dealing with the fact that they are not stable, they don’t have a stable home. Children are dealing with moving. They are transitional, they are always moving from one place to another. And I think emotionally it can be a lot for the children.” Caretaker Our Story “What are these?” This was not a question from a child on a school trip to a museum, but from Maria, a child in a shelter who was holding for the first time a new pair of pajamas. When finally convinced that she could take off the clothes she wore all day and sleep in the pajamas she said, “you mean I can keep these for the rest of my life?” From experiences like this, Pajama Program, a 501(c)(3) founded in 2001, was created. Pajama Program serves children throughout the nation with 60 Chapters in 33 States. Thousands of pajamas and books are being provided to children in desperate need of comfort and care. The pajamas have come to represent people who care, and they offer security and love for a child abandoned in a shelter or waiting for a foster home. The books complete a nighttime ritual that so many of us took for granted… when Mom or Dad said, “okay get your pajamas on and I’ll be right in to read you a story.” Children in transition seldom hear these comforting words. In order for us to expand our current programs, we need your support. Our Founder Genevieve Piturro, Founder/Executive Director Description: Genevieve Piturro speaking at the annual benefit dinnerFor many underprivileged children, nighttime often means a hard end to an equally hard day. Many go to bed wearing their street clothes…or wearing nothing at all. Following many years of volunteer work with Starlight Foundation, Genevieve founded Pajama Program in 2001 to help create a warm and nurturing environment for youngsters living under difficult circumstances. Genevieve’s entrepreneurial spirit was fueled by her earlier company, Genevieve Unlimited, which she created in 1993 to service entertainment companies in their efforts to gain a competitive edge in the world of promotion. A Yonkers, NY native, Genevieve received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from New York City’s Fordham University. She resides in Irvington, NY with her husband, Demo DiMartile.