Friends of Karen, which supports critically-ill children and their families, has launched its annual Holiday Adopt-A-Family program for 2019. The goal is to bring smiles to each Friends of Karen child and their siblings this holiday season. 

As in years past, Friends of Karen will turn to both individuals, businesses and community groups to help spread the holiday spirit and shop to fill nearly 900 “Holiday Wish Lists” this season. Anyone wanting to help is asked to purchase one gift for one child or several gifts. For those unable to shop, Friends of Karen accepts cash donations to purchase the children’s gifts. 

“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,” said 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 resources or time for shopping or even thinking about gifts. We want children to have joyful memories, even in the midst of illness.”

Friends of Karen asks for donors to help make sure there are gifts for every child. To participate in this annual tradition, please contact Denise Tredwell at 914-617-4052 or denisetredwell@friendsofkaren.org to get started.