December 1, 2016

Friends of Karen, which supports critically-ill children and their families, plans, once again this year, to make sure each Friends of Karen child and their siblings have something to smile about through their Holiday Adopt-A-Family program.

“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. So I want to express a deep and sincere thank you for continuing to support my son and my entire family with the utmost sensitivity and kindness…” ~ a Friends of Karen mom.
Every day, Friends of Karen is a lifeline of support for hundreds of NY tri-state area families caring for a critically ill child, providing financial, emotional and practical day-to-day assistance they so desperately need to cope during this difficult time.
With your help, shopping for the holidays will be one less thing these parents have to stress about. Help Friends of Karen spread the holiday spirit to close to 1,000 children this 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,” says 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.”
Friends of Karen needs your help to make sure there are gifts for every child. Please contact Denise Tredwell at 914-617-4052 or toget started. If you don’t have time to shop, no worries; you can speak to her about making a contribution and they’ll do the shopping for you!
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?
Friends of Karen is the only organization in the NY, NJ, CT area that provides one-on-one support for the whole family. Their team of experienced social workers ensures that each family receives an individualized program of assistance, at no cost, to relieve their daily needs and concerns so they can remain stable and functioning. No family should have to go through their child’s illness alone. Friends of Karen is a lifeline of support. Charity Navigator, the independent evaluator of thousands of U.S. charities, has given Friends of Karen their highest 4-star rating for 8 consecutive years; only 2% of all U.S. charities receive this distinction. 83 cents of every dollar donated goes directly to Friends of Karen’s family support program.
For more information, visit or call (914) 277-4547.