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Winter Wishes

Child receiving a New York Cares Winter Wishes package

Winter Wishes 2019 is a Wrap!

2019 marked our 30th Annual Winter Wishes Program! Each year, New York Cares receives tens of thousands of letters from hundreds of our Community Partners, including homeless shelters, schools, and nonprofit organizations. Each letter is matched with a volunteer who purchases and sends their gifts directly to our Community Partners. These kind gestures help thousands of less fortunate New Yorkers experience the magic of the holiday season in a way that is personal and from the heart.

Once the program comes to an end, our offices are flooded by gestures of gratitude. Take a look at a selection of this year's thank you letters.

While gift-giving is at the heart of the Winter Wishes, we cannot keep this program running without your financial support.

Questions about Winter Wishes