Put a Smile on the Face of a Sick Child - Friends of Karen's "Holiday Gifts for Kids" Program is Looking for a Few Good Elves
Friends of Karen's “Adopt-A-Family Holiday Gifts for Kids” program provides gifts for each Friends of Karen sick child and his/her siblings. “Watching the joyful expression of a child opening holiday gifts is unforgettable,“ says Judith Factor, Friends of Karen’s Executive Director, “but these special moments can be so fleeting, especially if your child is critically ill.”
Friends of Karen received this letter from the parents of a two-year-old girl with a brain tumor. Every year, Friends of Karen is a lifeline for families who have a child with cancer or another catastrophic illness, providing emotional, financial and advocacy support. With compassion, dedication and expertise, Friends of Karen helps the entire family -- from diagnosis through treatment -- through an overwhelmingly disruptive and turbulent time, to keep them as stable and strong as possible. Last year alone, they assisted 1,291 sick children and their families in the tri-state region.
This time of year, their “Adopt-A-Family Holiday Gifts for Kids” program provides gifts for each Friends of Karen sick child and his or her siblings. “Watching the joyful expression of a child opening holiday gifts is unforgettable,“ says Judith Factor, Friends of Karen’s Executive Director, “but these special moments can be so fleeting, especially if your child is critically ill.”
The Adopt-A-Family program is a perfect opportunity to spread the holiday spirit. “Each Friends of Karen child sends us their wish list,” says Factor. “Then we match volunteers with one or more children, and they fulfill the child’s wish list. The gifts are sent along with ribbon, wrapping paper and all the trimmings to the child’s parents, to make a holiday of surprises and delight.”
When the program is in full swing, the entire Friends of Karen office looks like Santa’s workshop, with busy volunteers choosing toys from their "gift pantry" and stacking boxes to be shipped. “We love to put smiles on the faces of children, and these are children who have little reason to smile,” says Factor. “Imagine being the reason for a child’s happiness. What better way to celebrate the holiday spirit than by giving to a child?”
Friends of Karen needs your help to make sure there are gifts for every one of their sick children. To participate in the Adopt-A-Family Holiday Gifts for Kids program, contact Denise Tredwell at 914-617-4052 or firstname.lastname@example.org If you don’t have time to shop, you can still help by making a donation: go to www.FriendsOfKaren.org and click on “Holiday Gifts for Children Program” on the right.