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The Pajama Program - A Charity for Children

Updated on January 31, 2015
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Delivering Sleepwear and Nurturing Books to Children in Need

Imagine being a child, and every night the bedtime routine is to just get in bed and fall asleep. Not to put on pajamas, not to read a bedtime story, but to just lift a blanket over the clothes they are wearing and sleep. Thousand of children, here in America, do not have pajamas or a comforting nighttime book. They are in shelters or group homes waiting for someone to adopt them. They are living in temporary housing after a natural disaster. Their parents are in jail. Or, they are homeless.

Now imagine the opportunity to fix that for them. Imagine the chance to give a child a new pair of pajamas and a good book, to make the end of a long hard day a little softer. For a child with little, a soft pair of jammies can simply mean that someone cared.

Genevieve Piturro founded the Pajama Program
Genevieve Piturro founded the Pajama Program

About The Pajama Program

What They Do

Genevieve Piturro founded the Pajama Program with her friend Alice Quirk and their friends and relatives. Starting in NYC, but now nationwide, The Pajama Program provides donated new warm pajamas and comforting books to children who desperately need them. The Program works with various agencies to prove the PJ's to children in need and children waiting to be placed in permanent homes.

The Pajama Program has also extended its aid to needy children in Armenia, Bosnia, Brazil, Columbia, Greece, South Africa, Uganda, Kenya, and Ukraine.

"We intend to make a difference - giving back is what it's all about." -Genevieve Piturro

Boys PJs

Consider making an online purchase and setting the shipping address to:
   Pajama Program Headquarters & NYC Reading Center
   34 East 39th Street, Suite B
   New York, NY 10016

800,000 !

800,000 children are in the Foster Care System Across the Country

What Can I Do? - 7 Things You Can Do To Help The Pajama Program

  1. Donate online with a credit card at to help them purchase pajamas or donate by phone at 212-71MYPJS (212-716-9757).
  2. Hold a Pajama Program Fundraiser. Go for it! Step up and organize your own event. I know you can do it!
  3. Let the next gift you give be a gift card for a donation in their name. Rather than giving Aunt Ellen something she'll hate, give her a gift that will make her happy and make a child happy, too.
  4. Contact a local chapter of Pajama Program to see how they can use your help. There may be a local project happening that just needs a little manpower or a few connections from great volunteers like you.
  5. Use your website to direct attention (and traffic) to Write a blog or simply tell everyone that you support The Pajama Program.
  6. Make an online purchase and set shipping address to:
    Pajama Program Headquarters & NYC Reading Center
    34 East 39th Street, Suite B
    New York, NY 10016
  7. Follow The Pajama Program on Twitter (maybe even give them a retweet every now and again) or connect with The Pajama Program on Facebook.

Girl's PJs

Pajamas represent comfort and relaxation. The warmth they provide extends to warmth of heart. The kids who benefit from the Pajama Program feel better after a day that may not have been so great, when they slip into a soft warm pair of pajamas that belong to them.

Two young girls get their new PJs from the Pajama Program

Two young girls get their new PJs from the Pajama Program
Two young girls get their new PJs from the Pajama Program

New Pajamas on eBay

If you purchase pajamas on ebay to send to The Pajama Program, be sure they are New With Tags (NWT).

Did you know?

Did you realize that so many children didn't have even a pair of pajamas?

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Gift Idea

Give someone a gift that gives twice. Give them a gift card for The Pajama Program.

Don't Forget the Teenagers

Thousands of teenagers wait in foster care with very little attention. They have aged out of many charity programs geared for younger kids, and have a harder time finding someone to adopt them. Treat one of these older kids to something special.

Accredited Charity

The Pajama Program meets the Better Business Bureau's 20 charity standards - the highest ranking for non-profits!


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    • lin444 profile image


      5 years ago

      Thank you for writing this, and drawing attention to such a wonderful organization. I use my piano music to try to raise money and awareness for different organizations (I actually just finished a lense on about why I do this). This is exactly the type of organization I'm looking to help...I can't believe I never heard of them. I'm going to see if there is one that's local to me, and if they want my help. Thanks again!

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      5 years ago

      Well and then there are all the children in third-world countries who in addition to having no pajamas have no bed or blanket. We've worked in a few areas like this and still send things back to areas we've been.

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      Hannah Writes 

      6 years ago

      Thank you for making me and others aware of this charity.

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      7 years ago from Vancouver

      Getting new PJs is one of the pleasures of childhood I remember - it would be awful not to have PJs. Love how you have made us more aware of this need. I have add this link to my Childrens Charity. (Myrtle the Turtle)

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      7 years ago

      Thanks for the lens--well needed and GREAT information!

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      7 years ago

      Very nice lens. Pajamas are something you kind of take for granted. I watch my kids run around and play a great deal in their pajamas. It's a sad thought some kids go without. I'm going to lensroll this with a couple of my lenses. Thank you

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      8 years ago

      This is a great idea!

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      Renaissance Woman 

      8 years ago from Colorado

      Wonderful! Thanks for creating awareness.

    • Jack2205 profile image


      8 years ago

      This is a wonderful charity for children. Blessed by the Charities Angel.

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      8 years ago

      I love this idea - thanks for this great lens!

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      8 years ago

      I had no idea that children in care were not even given pjs. As a mother, I find this pretty upsetting.

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      8 years ago

      This is one of my favorite causes. Thanks for bring people's attention to it.

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      Sarah Switalski 

      8 years ago from Iowa

      Sounds like a wonderful charity! Thanks for helping to get the word out with this lens! You have been blessed by a SquidAngel :)

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      8 years ago

      Wonderful charity! When I adopted my son, he had two outifits, no pajamas, and no toys or books. It breaks my heart to think of children with so little. This is an amazing movement.

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      8 years ago

      nice lens this is something unique for helping children.

      we are also doing these kind of work for charity and if you want to be a part of it you can just shop with us and we donate a portion of your purchase to your favorite cause.we have added many causes for donate you can choose your cause and shop with us.we donate a portion of your purchase to your favorite cause.

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      9 years ago

      What an inspiring lens! Thanks for bringing attention to these wonderful people. Have a great day.

    • hlkljgk profile image


      9 years ago from Western Mass

      what a great project



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      9 years ago

      Wonderful cause indeed and well presented here.

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      JenOfChicago LM 

      9 years ago

      Excellent lens - great group!

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      9 years ago

      Back again ! I saw that you are now on Twitter and am following you. I will TWEET your lens ! What a great cause !

    • denetraharris profile image


      9 years ago

      Great Ideal! Will eventually try this project in addition to my children's book project. Check out my lens at (have books, will travel to... Jamaica).


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      Heather Burns 

      10 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      5* great idea for a lens

    • SalonOfArt profile image


      10 years ago

      Wow, I think this is absoultely wonderful! I had no idea such programs existed and I am going to forward this link to all my friends. What a great lens! Thank you for bringing this to my attention.

    • TopStyleTravel profile image


      10 years ago

      This is a great program using a simple comfort of life, pajamas. An item that could easily be taken for granted by most. This makes me think of how much I enjoyed the comforts of bedtime as a child, and how my kids love their bedtime routine. This lens should make readers stop and smell the roses.

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      10 years ago

      Fantastic lens! I'm going to add this charity to my lens right away. I appreciate you getting the word out in such an engaging way.

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      10 years ago

      Awesome lens! Thanks for helping to make so many people aware of this great program - I had no idea it existed. Every kid needs some nice jammies and a warm hug when they go to bed at night.

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      10 years ago

      What an excellent idea! Angel Blessings to you.

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      steveffeo lm 

      10 years ago

      Kab wonderful cause and lens great work virtual high five.

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      10 years ago

      Wonderful lens! Thank you for sharing a program that can mean so much to so many. A true eye opener!

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      10 years ago

      This is a cool program. I saw the Oprah show where she talked about this.

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      10 years ago

      This is a wonderful idea--5 stars and a lensroll on my lens for The Trevor Project (which also donates to the Children's Defense Fund, by the way). You should be very proud of yourself for championing this cause. Happy Holidays! <3

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      10 years ago

      Congratulations on your Giant Squid Awards nomination!

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      Lee Hansen 

      10 years ago from Vermont

      Congrats on 2008 Giant Squid Award nomination - this is a wonderful lens. I'm sharing it ... 5*

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      10 years ago

      I am a foster mom (13 years now!) and the first thing I have to do with each new child placed in my home is to get some pajamas for him or her. They come into care with nothing ! It is very sad. I have learned to save outgrown PJ's (and various sizes of clothing) and keep them in storage because undoubtly the next child will need them too until we get to the store to buy new. Many placements are made in the evening after a long day in the Social Services office and the kids are very tired. The children seem to feel some sense of relief after a warm bath and fresh warm pajamas and a clean fresh bed - probably for the first time in a long time. So I encourage everyone who reads this lens to realize the great need there is for those PJ's that we all take for granted !

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      10 years ago

      This is a cause and thank you for highlighting it with this lens.

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      clouda9 lm 

      10 years ago

      Congrats on your 2008 Giant Squid nomination...woot! ( Beautiful lens!

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      10 years ago

      Congratulations on your 2008 Giant Squid Awards nomination and good luck! - Kathy aka "Pretty Bullet"

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      10 years ago

      It's amazing how such simple acts of kindness can make such a big difference in a child's life. 5*

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      K Linda 

      10 years ago

      Wonderful program! I am lensrolling it to my How You Can Make A Difference...lens.

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      Laraine Sims 

      10 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      I did a Digg for this worthy cause. Hope it helps. Having worked in schools around the province of BC I have met many such children and have done what I could do to help the families.

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      10 years ago

      Great lens! I am lensrolling it to my newest lens about homeless children in Indianapolis! Thanks!

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      10 years ago

      I am so moved about this Program. I am from kentucky but now live in Minnesota and will be planning "pajama drives" in both states in near future! Thank you for informing me of this need.

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      Ruth Coffee 

      10 years ago from Zionsville, Indiana

      Thanks for making me aware of this program. PJs are pretty basic, not something any kids should do without!

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      10 years ago

      Never heard of this program. I think it is wonderful! I will definitely take time out to make a donation. On behalf of those you help and inspire, Thank you!

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      10 years ago

      Sounds like a great program. *****

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      10 years ago

      What a wonderful program that you have. I love this! I am part of a website that networks with women to do positive things and I am going to mention your program in one of my blogs, so that others will know about what you are doing. So, creative and such a watm and cuddly thing to do for children.

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      11 years ago from Texas

      Wow. I had no idea this program existed. It always breaks my heart to think about kids with no books as books in the home is such a strong predictor for success in life. Thanks for doing this lens! I love "different" charities like this one.


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