Yonkers Public Schools, together with the City of Yonkers, the Yonkers Council of PTSAs, and the Yonkers
Chamber of Commerce, is partnering with the non-profit Pajama Program to collect
pajamas and books for the city's neediest children.
The brainchild and passion of Genevieve Piturro, Lincoln High School '79, the Pajama Program has delivered more than 1 million new pajamas and new books to children living in homeless shelters, group homes and temporary housing across the country. Now our city's residents have the chance to step up at home for the benefit of youngsters at Andrus Children's Home, Leake & Watts Center, as well as the Yonkers Public School's Community Closet.
"Our citizenry as a whole has always met the challenge of caring for those less fortunate," said Superintendent Pierorazio. "The altruism and compassion shown by the multiple city agencies involved in this initiative has demonstrated how deep the feeling of community among all the residents of Yonkers truly is."
The City of Yonkers has set up drop off locations for pajamas and book donations at City Hall, the 87 Nepperhan City Office Building and the Cacace Justice Center (104 S. Broadway). Donations are also being accepted at the Yonkers Board of Education (1 Larkin Plaza), Riverfront Library, Will Library and Crestwood Library. Donations will be accepted through November 9th.
According to Mayor Mike Spano, "the goal of this partnership is to help provide a small, yet meaningful token of comfort to those children here in Yonkers facing the most difficult of circumstances, often without parents or a place to call home," said Mayor Spano.
During the week of November 12th, the Yonkers Chamber of Commerce will host a "Stuff a Bus" donation collection event at their offices located at 55 Main Street in Yonkers. More information on this event will be announced in the coming weeks.