Meets pressing community needs by mobilizing caring New Yorkers in volunteer service.

Winter Wishes

Child receiving a New York Cares Winter Wishes package


Winter Wishes is our annual holiday gift-giving program and an important part of our work to support families across New York City. Every fall children and teens write their wishes in the form of a letter. Each letter is matched with volunteers who purchase personalized gifts for tens of thousands of children and teens every year; helping to make the holiday season a little brighter.

In line with our mission to meet the most pressing community needs in the most impactful ways, Winter Wishes 2019 focuses our efforts on children and teens from ages 4–18 from low-income families. Our program includes partners from family shelters, public housing facilities and public schools with high economic need.

Interested in granting a wish? 

Please check the New York Cares website in mid-October for more information on how to register to give holiday gifts for Winter Wishes 2019.

Questions about Winter Wishes

2019 Sponsors

Winter Wishes is generously sponsored by Julie Turaj and Rob Pohly.