St. Mary’s Urges Community to Help Provide Basic Necessities for Special Needs Children & Their Families This Holiday Season
The most powerful gift during the holiday season comes from the heart, and this season St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children is offering shoppers an opportunity to add meaning to their holiday gifts.
St. Mary’s, a national leader in intensive rehabilitation, education, and specialized care for children with special needs and life-limiting conditions, kicked off a holiday giving initiative, “Home for the Holidays” that will help special needs children and their families have a happier, healthier holiday.
Today, 1 out of every 5 children in the U.S. has a special healthcare need. St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children cares for 4,000 of New York’s most seriously ill and injured children and their families each day – helping them battle complex medical conditions at home, in the Hospital, and in the community.
But caring for a child with special healthcare needs can be financially demanding, especially in these challenging times. This holiday season many of St. Mary’s families are struggling to provide essential items – food, shelter, and clothing – while tending to their critically ill or injured child.
You have the power to make a difference in the life of a child in need. In lieu of holiday gifts, make a donation to St. Mary’s Family Emergency Fund in honor of a loved one or colleague. You’ll both be happy you did. Or join a gift drive near you or organize your own drive. Our families are in desperate need of gift cards to help purchase a holiday meal, new clothes, new toys, toiletries, and non-perishable packaged food.
The true essence of holiday spirit has been heightened during these past few weeks as organizations, schools, communities, and individuals band together to help New York families through gift drives and fundraising events.
Neighborhood organizations like Old Navy, Panera Bread, and Jackson Hole Diner have already jumped onboard and are holding in-house promotions for St. Mary’s Kids. Other Home for the Holidays supporters include Best Care, Breezes Brokerage, LLC, Denny’s Childrenswear, East Coast Cars, Garden Works, Hogs & Heifers, ING Clarion Partners, Liberty Travel, Little St. Nick Foundation, New York Racing Association, North East Queens Business Group, PZ Insurance, Queen of Peace School, Shops at Atlas Park, The Academy of American Studies, and Utopia. View a list of supporters at www.stmaryskids.org.
To learn more about getting involved with St. Mary’s Home for the Holidays Campaign, to make a donation call 718-281-8890.
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