GIFT PROGRAMS AT FRIENDS OF KAREN:
Every child looks forward to their special day. We provide age-appropriate gifts for every child in the family, so that birthdays remain a happy occasion even in the midst of illness. This takes one additional burden off the shoulders of parents, who want only to stay by their child’s side.
Our birthday wish list shows which items are most popular with our children. You can also make a cash donation and we’ll do the shopping!
Back to School Program
Our Back to School program enables our ill children and their siblings to start the school year with new school supplies from their own school’s list and a gift card to get something new to wear.
"Thank you never feels like enough! With everything going on, buying gifts was really the last thing on my mind so when your box came in the mail it meant so much. To see the looks on my kids' faces as they opened their gifts was priceless..." - a Friends of Karen mom
Help Friends of Karen deliver gifts and smiles for the holidays! Nearly 1,000 "Holiday Wish Lists" need to be filled this year. Join us in helping fulfill a child's wish list or fill the lists for several children. You will be the reason our children smile this holiday season.
"Each of our children sends us their wish list, and we match each child with a kind-hearted 'elf' who purchases one or more of the items on the list," according to Volunteer Coordinator, Denise Tredwell, who organizes the program. "Every child looks forward to the holidays, but when parents are caring for a child with a life-threatening illness, there's no time for shopping or even thinking about gifts. We want them to have joyful memories, even in the midst of illness."
You can help our children celebrate the holidays by purchasing one gift for one child or several gifts. And if you don’t have a lot of time, we welcome cash donations
and we’ll do the shopping for you. To participate, email DeniseTredwell@friendsofkaren.org
or call (914) 617-4052.
What better way to celebrate the holidays than by putting a smile on the face of a sick child and helping to create memories for their entire family?