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Request Holiday Gifts

Our program provides holiday toys and gifts for tens of thousands of children and teens at participating agencies.

Child receiving a New York Cares Winter Wishes package

Each year, children and teens from agencies all over the city send New York Cares their holiday wish. Each wish is matched with a wish granter who will purchase and send their gifts directly to the agency for distribution.

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In light of the current pandemic, we have taken measures to scale back the program to support the health and safety of our staff and volunteers while still providing holiday gifts for thousands of young New Yorkers. While we recognize many Community Partners have a need for this program, due to COVID-19 and other strategic changes within New York Cares we will not be able to accept as many Partners into the Winter Wishes program this year.

We are consistently working to improve the impact of our programming and the Winter Wishes program. This year we will continue to provide the Winter Wishes program to Community Partners, focusing the program on family shelters, public housing facilities, and Title I public schools in Central Queens, the South Bronx, and East Brooklyn; areas that have been hit hard by the pandemic.

We understand the impact these changes may have on your programs so we have compiled a list of alternate gift giving resources and programs to help support your communities this winter. Please note that while we have made efforts to contact each program, we are not aware of each program’s current status or their ability to support new partners. Please find that list here New York City Holiday Drives and Resources. New York Cares is not directly affiliated with these organizations, so please contact the organization listed directly for more information on their program.

If you have any additional questions about the Winter Wishes program, please contact us at