Made Possible through Generous Support from the Arnold and Joy Gottlieb Family Foundation
BROOKLYN, N.Y. – International children’s charity Kids Wish Network has delivered toys and other necessities to victims of Hurricane Sandy at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center in New York. Kids Wish Network’s Holiday of Hope Gift Banks provide emergency rooms, pediatric units, and other children’s care facilities with age appropriate gifts to offer a welcome distraction to children facing often traumatic situations or life threatening illnesses.
“We were all deeply troubled by toll taken by Hurricane Sandy and we were worried about our partner facilities in New York,” said Kids Wish Network Executive Director, Anna Lanzatella. “When Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center reached out to us for help, we immediately got to work arranging a shipment of necessities to help ease the burdens placed on the young children in their care.”
Kids Wish Network is an international charitable organization dedicated to infusing hope, creating happy memories, and improving the quality of life for children having experienced life-altering situations. Although known for its wish granting for children facing life-altering issues, Kids Wish Network also works with more than 180 hospitals and care facilities throughout the United States to distribute approximately $2 million in gifts and necessities each year.
The generous sponsorship of the Arnold and Joy Gottlieb Family Foundation has allowed Kids Wish Network to specifically provide hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of toys and necessities through their Holiday of Hope Gift Banks to many different hospitals. Kids Wish Network also hosts a Hero of the Month program at these same hospitals, which allows hospitals and child care facilities to nominate one child every month between the ages of 3 and 18 who has faced and overcome difficult circumstances to be their “Hero of the Month.”
After the devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy, Child Life Specialists at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center reached out to Kids Wish Network for help in providing their patients with items to replace what had been lost. Kids Wish Network responded with a shipment of warm winter clothes, children’s furniture, toys and other necessities to be given out during two events at the hospital.
In addition to receiving their brand new gifts, the children were treated to arts and crafts activities where they made creative thank you cards for Kids Wish Network, magic shows, games, and snacks. Also present was Kids Wish Network’s Board member and trustee of the Arnold and Joy Gottlieb Family Foundation, Andy Gottlieb. He took time to help the children with their arts and crafts projects and he assisted in handing out the toys.
“Words just can’t describe how special this is to them,” said Gottlieb. “I’m excited and proud to be able to help these children who have been through so much. What we’re doing means the world to them.”
According to Brookdale Child Life Specialist Janis Atty, “Some of our patients and staff have been hit pretty hard and it was really great that Kids Wish Network was able to help us. Seeing the smiles on their little faces really makes you forget all the stresses and it just lets them be kids for a while. I really can’t thank Kids Wish Network enough for all that they’ve done.”
For more information on Kids Wish Network, visit www.kidswishnetwork.org.
If you know of a hospital that could benefit from its Hero of the Month or Gift Bank programs, please call Kids Wish Network at 727- 937-3600 or toll free at 888-918-9004.