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

Request Holiday Gifts

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

Child receiving a New York Cares Winter Wishes package

Each year, children, teens, and seniors from agencies all over the city send New York Cares hand-written letters detailing their holiday wishes. After careful consideration, each wish is matched with a volunteer who will purchase and send their gifts directly to the agency for distribution.  As one of the most highly requested programs we offer, the Winter Wishes program shares the magic of the holiday season through personal and from-the-heart connections.


To deepen relationships with our existing Community Partners, our outreach efforts for the Winter Wishes application focus primarily on past Winter Wishes participants and other New York Cares Community Partners.

We continue to strive to capture the interests and needs of New York City agencies. Please visit our Nonprofits and Schools page to request future volunteer support or to be placed on our Community Partner wait list to ensure we can reach out once programming becomes available.

We also encourage you to refer to this New York City Holiday Drives and Resources document to connect with other gift drives happening in the city. New York Cares is not directly affiliated with these organizations, so please contact the organization listed directly for more information on their program.

Winter Wishes Sponsors

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