MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Children at Noah’s Ark School made sure several sick children had something to smile about this Christmas by donating to the Friends of Karen, which supports crticially-ill children. Its “Adopt-a-Family” gift program provides gifts for each Friends of Karen sick child and his or her well siblings.

Each Friends of Karen child compiles a “wish list” and is then matched with a kind-hearted “elf,” who purchases the items on their list. They send the gifts along with ribbon, wrapping paper and all the trimmings to the child’s parents.