"I grew up in Yonkers and wanted to bring our very successful reading program here," says founder Genevieve Piturro. "Our first Reading Center is in Yonkers thanks to support from the Andrus Center. The children we see have such a traumatic history and are in desperate need of comfort and support. New, warm pajamas and a bedtime story help get them through difficult nights. I haven't had any children, but my husband tells people I have 500,000 kids!"
The Pajama Program operates 79 chapters in 42 states and provides new pajamas and new books to children waiting and hoping to be adopted while living in group homes, shelters, and temporary facilities. Some are living with their families below the poverty level. Download materials for throwing your own pajama drive and learn more-including where your local chapter is located-at www.pajamaprogram.org.