Barbara Askin

It is with tears in our eyes that we at Kids Wish Network announce that Barbara Askin, our beloved Director of Distribution, has decided to retire.

After working tirelessly for the past 15 years to provide toys and necessities for children in need around the world, we understand her decision and are cheering her on to a fabulous retirement. We also look forward to her guidance, as she will continue to serve on our Board of Directors.

Side-by-side with her daughter, Shelley Breiner, and son-in-law, Mark Breiner, Barbara helped found Kids Wish Network in 1997. The idea that started Kids Wish Network came after witnessing the sad faces of children enduring joyless days while receiving cancer treatment at the same hospital as Barbara’s husband, David Askin. After his passing and in dedication to his memory, Kids Wish Network was born.

From the very start, Barbara made it her personal mission to ensure that the children served by Kids Wish Network’s growing programs were given the very best in everything, especially toys and other necessities. Barbara’s tenacious nature quickly helped her earn a reputation as the “queen bee” of securing in-kind donations from manufacturers and distributors all across the globe. Over the years, Barbara worked nonstop to build Kids Wish Network’s Distribution Department and helped it expand into the powerhouse of smiles it is today.

Barbara has always done a tremendous job in brightening the lives of children worldwide, whose days were previously darkened by fear, anxiety, hopelessness and pain. She has given the gifts of smiles, joy and laughter over and over again and, for that, everyone at Kids Wish Network would like to thank Barbara and wish her the very best during her well-deserved retirement. She will be missed.

48,632 kids helped this last fiscal year through our many programs and services.

Our Mission

Kids Wish Network is a charitable organization dedicated to infusing hope, creating happy memories, and improving the quality of life for children having experienced life-altering situations. Kids Wish Network assists children and their families through several key programs.