Gifts for Children

  • Holiday Smiles: In 2014, you made sure that 933 children received gifts from their individual wish lists.
  • Thanksgiving Meals: You helped us "serve" dinner-in-a-basket -- including a supermarket gift certificate for a turkey -- to 222 families in 2014, a 34% increase over the previous year.
  • Back to School: Thanks to you, 807 children (11% more than last year) started the 2014 school year with a new backpack filled with supplies from their school list plus a gift card to get something new to wear.
  • Birthday Gifts: Through your caring, 888 sick children and their siblings received a personalized birthday package in 2014 for their special day.

Gifts for Children

Gifts for Children

Gifts For Children Programs

Gifts For Children Programs
Gifts For Children Programs
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Holiday Adopt-A-Family Program

Watching the joyful expression of a child opening holiday gifts brings unforgettable happiness for every parent.  Those happy moments can be so fleeting -- especially when your child has a life-threatening illness.

The Friends of Karen Adopt-A-Family Program lets you fulfill the holiday wishes of critically-ill children and their siblings. You may choose to purchase one gift for one child or several gifts. And if you don’t have time, make a cash donation and we'll do the shopping!  Join us in making this a special time of joy for our children and their families. Please make a contribution to the Holiday Gifts Program.

If you are interested in participating in the program, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Denise Tredwell or (914) 617-4052.

Back-To-School Program

Remember the great feeling of heading back to school in a new outfit, with freshly-sharpened pencils and brand-new notebooks, and a new book bag to put them in? 

Our Back-to-School Program aims to send Friends of Karen children and their siblings back to school in September with new school supplies and a new outfit to start the year with.

Our families are overwhelmed with medical bills and household expenses as well as the emotional weight of taking care of the ill child and any siblings.  (Imagine having to choose between purchasing a backpack for your “well” child and paying a medical bill for your ill child.)

The Back-to-School Program needs your gift of new backpacks, totes and messenger bags, and school supplies such as marble notebooks, 2-pocket folders, sturdy pencil sharpeners, pink erasers, glue sticks, and washable markers.  Gift cards to Target, Gap, Macy's and Old Navy are greatly needed. Click here to see our wish list.

If you can donate any of these supplies or gift cards, or if you prefer to make a cash donation, please contact Denise Tredwell or (914) 617-4052.

Help us make sure that our Friends of Karen children start school with a smile on their face and a brand new backpack in their hands.

Birthday Presents

Every child looks forward to their special day. But receiving birthday presents may take a back seat when parents are struggling with paying medical bills and housing expenses.

Friends of Karen provides age-appropriate gifts for every child in the family, so that birthdays remain a happy occasion. We take one additional burden off the shoulders of parents who are just trying to make ends meet.

Our birthday wish list gives you an idea of which items are most popular with our children.  We are always very grateful for your donation of these items.  If you prefer, you can make a cash donation to the Birthday Program on our secure donation page.  Thank you for helping make birthdays happier!


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