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

Winter Wishes

Child receiving a New York Cares Winter Wishes package


Each year, New York Cares collects and reads tens of thousands of letters from hundreds of our Community Partners, including homeless shelters, schools, and nonprofit organizations. After careful consideration, each wish is matched with a volunteer who will purchase and send their gifts directly to our Community Partners. These random acts of kindness enable thousands of less fortunate New Yorkers to 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 last year's thank you letters.

Winter Wishes 2017 Thank Yous

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

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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

2018 Sponsors

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