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

Give Holiday Gifts

Donate gifts for the holidays through the Winter Wishes program.

New York Cares Winter Wishes Child Receiving Gift

We are thrilled to announce that all of our Winter Wishes letters from 40,000 children, teens, and seniors have been claimed by generous volunteers looking to brighten the holiday season for New Yorkers in need. Thank you to everyone for their interest and participation. You are the engine that drives this program.

If you're interested in participating next year, just fill out this form. For those who have already registered this year, it will take 6-8 business days from time of registration for you to be matched to your letters.

How it works

Children and Family Write Letters

Our Community Partners (which include schools, churches, shelters, and many other service organizations) help their clients write holiday gift and request letters. Stickers and glitter encouraged! Schools, churches, shelters, and many other service organizations help their clients write request letters. 

Letters Arrive at Our Office

New York Cares staff and volunteers process the letters so they can be matched with volunteers who will grant the wishes. 

Volunteers Sign Up for Gifts

Caring New Yorkers sign up to get a handwritten letter from a child, teen, or senior. (Volunteers can sign up as individuals or with a group.) Simply register on our website and select how many wishes you would like to fulfill. Each letter comes with approximately a $40 commitment. 

Presents Arrive

Volunteers mail the holiday gifts directly to our Community Partners using the address provided on the back of each letter. Our Community Partners distribute the gifts to their clients, who enjoy a happy holiday knowing that someone in New York cares.

Remind a Child That They're Special

Our incredible children's projects introduce these young moldable minds to museums, science games, and epic books in every borough.

Questions about Winter Wishes

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