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

Winter Wishes

Child receiving a New York Cares Winter Wishes package


Coming Soon This October

We are happy to announce that one of New York's favorite holiday gift programs is back for its 28th year! Registration will begin in mid-October. Stay tuned.

Give a Gift, Grant a Wish

Every 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 seemingly 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.

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

Make a donation to Winter Wishes

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.