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Friends of Karen seeks support for back-to-school program



Volunteers Max Frumkes and Jon Leventhal help sort boxes of school supplies for sick children and their siblings.

Volunteers Max Frumkes and Jon Leventhal help sort boxes of school supplies for sick children and their siblings.


Friends of Karen, which provides support – at no cost – to families caring for a child with a life-threatening illness, has a Gifts For Children program that includes back-to-school help. Over the summer Friends of Karen collects donations of school supplies, book bags and clothing gift cards to make sure each of their sick children and their well siblings starts school in September with the right supplies and a new outfit.

“Imagine going into a store and seeing happy, healthy children choosing school supplies and clothing while your own child is in the hospital, or having to decide whether to buy a backpack and new school shoes for your ‘well’ child or paying for medicine for your sick child,”  Judith Factor, Friends of Karen’s executive director, said in a press release.  “We step in to help in this very tangible way so that parents don’t have to make these impossible choices.”

Friends of Karen needs donations of new backpacks and school supplies, including new 3-ring binders, 2-pocket folders, pencils, pencil sharpeners, pink erasers, glue sticks, colored pencils, washable markers, and construction paper. Gift cards to Target, Gap, Macy’s and Old Navy are greatly needed.  If you can donate any of these back-to-school supplies or gift cards, or if you prefer to help with a cash donation, contact Denise Tredwell at DeniseTredwell@friendsofkaren.org or 914-617-4052.

Friends of Karen is a registered IRS 501(c)(3) charity, and the only organization in the New York tri-state area that provides a wide range of programs to families of a child with cancer or another life-threatening illness to help free them of everyday needs and concerns, so they have more time to love.

Headquartered in North Salem with additional offices on Long Island and in Manhattan, Friends of Karen is recognized for its operational efficiency, with 82 cents of every dollar collected going directly to support families. Charity Navigator, an independent organization that evaluates the financial efficiency and responsibility of thousands of U.S. charities, has consistently awarded Friends of Karen a 4-star rating – their highest award.

To find out more about Friends of Karen, visit www.friendsofkaren.org

Posted by Robert Brum on Thursday, August 1st, 2013 at 3:52 pm |