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!
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. 
Your summer holiday may have just started, but at Friends of Karen we're getting ready for Back to School.
Remember that good feeling of heading back to school wearing a new outfit and carrying your crisp, clean notebooks? Friends of Karen families are struggling to stay afloat financially and emotionally while caring for their critically-ill child. And parents tell us how difficult it is to go into a store and see healthy children so excited about the new school year while their own child is in the hospital, uncertain about what the next day will bring. Often parents have to agonize between buying new school supplies for their "well" child or paying the mounting medical bills for their ill child. No one should have to face that decision.
Your generous gift will help provide parents peace of mind and their children will be prepared for school, feel well taken care of and secure.
Our goal is to provide 750 children the supplies they need to go back to school this fall. We cannot reach our goal without YOU!
This is what we need:
Ready to shop now? Click HERE to go to our Amazon List. 
Please mail or drop off school supplies/gift cards to:
Friends of Karen
Attention: Denise Tredwell
118 Titicus Road, North Salem, NY 10560
Questions, please contact Denise at or 914-617-4052.
Thank you for helping to provide our Friends of Karen children and their siblings that wonderful feeling of anticipation and hope for the new school year.   
"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 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 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 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?