Patricia Poggi
Centereach, NY

CENTEREACH, NY. March 2024: Long Island based nonprofit, EJ’s PJs, is headed to Kentucky on May 20th, 2024 to gift 290 students at Engelhard Elementary School in Louisville brand new pajamas.

Larry Farrish’s act of kindness started the connection. A viral video of the school bus driver purchasing a child pajamas after the boy expressed sadness that he did not have any pajamas to wear for Englehard Elementary School’s “Pajama day” ignited a kindness firestorm. Farrish took it upon himself to buy the child two pairs of pajamas so he would not feel left out on the day of celebration.

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EJ’s PJs founder, Patricia Poggi knew she had to get involved. She began her non-profit in 2011 to make sure no child would wake up on Christmas morning without warm, new pajamas. Since its inception, EJ’s PJ’s has collected tens of thousands of pajamas for children across Long Island. Now the organization is spreading joy to the children of Louisville. Patricia will be traveling to Kentucky along with KerboomKidz, an organization that promotes  self-development and fitness in the classroom, to distribute pajamas to all the students. After reaching out to the school guidance counselor, a plan was designed. A dance party, complete with refreshments donated by a local Starbucks, dance fitness, and pajamas, will be held for the children of the Kentucky-based elementary school.

Poggi says, “We are so excited to embark on this Kentucky mission because it shows how one pair of new pajamas donated can make a significant difference to a child. It is EJ’s PJs mission to make sure communities are covered in warmth, comfort, joy and love one pair of pajamas at a time. This effort is a perfit fit for what we do”.

ABOUT EJ’S PJS: Born out of a mother’s desire to teach her children about giving, EJ’s PJs collects clean, new pajamas to be donated to anyone in need across Long Island, NY. Tens of thousands of pajamas have been donated since its inception in 2011. For more imformation about the organization or to make a tax-deductible contribution, please visit

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