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Celebrate the holiday spirit by giving to a child

Celebrate the holiday spirit by giving to a child

NORTH SALEM, NY, November 10, 2021 — Help Friends of Karen deliver gifts and smiles for the holidays! Nearly 900 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 child sends us a wish list, and we match them with a kind-hearted person who purchases one or more of the gifts on the list. Every child looks forward to the holidays, but when parents are caring for a child with a life-threatening illness, preparing for the holidays is emotionally and financially difficult. We want them to have joyful memories, even in the midst of illness and the lingering COVID-19 pandemic, a double health crisis for Friends of Karen families.

You can help our children celebrate the holidays by purchasing one gift for one child or several gifts for several children. And if you don’t have a lot of time, we welcome cash donations and we’ll do the shopping for you.

To participate, and get matched with a holiday wish list or lists, please email 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? If you would like to make a donation online visit

Send checks and gifts to:

Holiday Adopt-a-Family

c/o Friends of Karen

118 Titicus Road,

North Salem NY 10560

LI donors please call

631-473-1768 Ext. 903.

About Friends of Karen: Friends of Karen, established in 1978, provides emotional, financial and advocacy support for children with a life-threatening illness and their families in order to help keep them stable, functioning, and able to cope. Friends of Karen serves families living in the New York tri-state region and offers its lifeline of support services at no cost to them so they have more time for what’s most important: each other. Friends of Karen has received top ratings from Charity Navigator, an independent organization that evaluates the financial efficiency and responsibility of all qualifying U.S. charities. Friends of Karen also meets the 20 Standards of Charity Accountability of the BBB of Metropolitan New York.

For more information, visit or call (914) 277-4547.

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