Holiday Giving

Founded in 1916, the Bedford Historical Society is a non-profit, educational organization committed to preserving our historic Town and original Village Green, educating students of all ages and interpreting our collections for the benefit of residents and visitors alike.

What we do for Bedford:  Own and maintain 10 historic properties.  Preserve and exhibit collections of artifacts, documents and photographs at three museums.  Educate students about early life in historic Bedford with visits to our buildings around the Village Green.  Protect 95 acres with four historic conservation easements.  Celebrate our history and architecture through community events and programs.  Collaborate with the Town and other local groups to preserve and protect Bedford’s historic and scenic landscapes.

The Bedford Historical Society is located at 612 Old Post Road in Bedford, NY in the newly restored Bedford Store building. Here, we display artifacts, documents and photographs from our collections; provide information on Bedford’s history and current events and host educational programs. We also operate a small gift shop offering our publications, Bedford gifts and penny candy in the spirit of the building’s original use as a general store. The Bedford we love today wouldn’t exist without the Bedford Historical Society.  And the Historical Society can’t exist without members who support it.

Join us and help continue our mission of preservation.

Blythedale is New York State’s only independent, specialty children’s hospital dedicated to improving the health and quality of life of children with complex medical illnesses and conditions. Our young patients rely on donors like you.  In our current health care economic climate, reimbursements alone cannot cover the full cost of care for a child with extensive and complex medical needs.  We serve our patients regardless of ability to pay by using donations to fill in the gaps.

Making a donation is the perfect gift!  We hope that you will make a donation today. Donate here.

Blythedale Children’s Hospital, 95 Bradhurst Avenue, Valhalla, NY 10595, www.blythedale.org, 914-831-2547.

Help make Holiday dreams come true for a child at the Boys and Girls Club this season — Donate a bike!
Bring in your gently used bicycles and helmets for children ages 2-18 (bike shop bands only) to Bicycle World of Mt Kisco.  Bicycle World mechanics and local Scouts will recondition your bikes and deliver them to the Boys and Girls Club for holiday giving.
Don’t have a bike? No problem, you can still donate online at the Boys and Girls Club www.bgcnw.com and specify in the memo line that you’d like to purchase repair parts, helmets, and/or accessories for the holiday bicycle donation program.
Donations are tax deductible and donors will receive a letter from the Boys and Girls Club for their records.  Please email Bicycle World at info@bicycleworldny.com with questions, or visit www.bicycleworldny.com.

Our Adopt-A-Family Holiday Gifts for Children program provides gifts for each Friends of Karen sick child and his or her siblings.

“Watching the joyful expression of a child opening holiday gifts is unforgettable,“ says Judith Factor, Friends of Karen’s Executive Director, “but these special moments can be so fleeting if your child is fighting for her or his life. With doctor visits, medical treatments and hospitalizations, parents don’t have the time or the mindset to shop for gifts and prepare for holiday festivities.”  The Adopt-A-Family program lets you spread the holiday spirit.  “Each Friends of Karen child sends us their wish list,” says Factor.  “Then we match each child with a kind-hearted ‘elf’ who purchases the items on their list. We send the gifts along with ribbon, wrapping paper and all the trimmings to the child’s parents, to make a holiday of surprises and delight.”

You can be the reason for a child’s happiness. To help, contact Denise Tredwell at (914) 617-4052 by December 2.  If you don’t have time to shop, click here to make a donation on our secure donation page, select “Gifts For Children Program” from the This Gift Is For menu, and we’ll do the shopping for you!  Thank you for your caring generosity, and may your holidays be full of surprises and delight!  Find out more about Friends of Karen at www.friendsofkaren.org.

Friends of Karen Brings Gifts (and Smiles) to Sick Children.  Help Deliver the Holiday Season to Those Who Need It Most.  “It was a wonderful moment to a rough day in the hospital to come home and find a big box filled with gifts for the kids. It warms the heart to know that there are people out there who care and support families like ours. I felt like a kid myself just going through the box!  Thank you so very much.”  Friends of Karen, a local children’s charity, received this note from the mother of a 5-year-old boy with leukemia.  Every day, Friends of Karen is a lifeline for hundreds of families caring for a child with cancer or another life-threatening illness, providing the vital, practical and comprehensive support — at no cost — to cope with the fears and uncertainty of battling for their child’s life.  This time of year, their “Holiday Adopt-A-Family” program makes sure each Friends of Karen sick child as well as his or her well siblings has holiday gifts.  The program is a perfect opportunity to spread the holiday spirit by helping a child in need. “Each of our children sends us their wish list, and we match each child with a kind-hearted ‘elf’ who purchases the items on their list,” says Judith Factor, the charity’s Executive Director. “We send the gift with wrapping paper, bows and all the trimmings to the child’s parents, to make a holiday of surprises and delight. We love to put smiles on children’s faces – they’ve had a rough time and often have little reason to smile.”  You can be the one who creates those smiles. Friends of Karen needs your help to make sure there are gifts for every sick child and their well sisters and brothers. Please contact DeniseTredwell@friendsofkaren.org or call her at (914) 617-4052 by Dec. 1.  If you don’t have time to shop, no worries: you can make a donation and they’ll do the shopping for you. Go to www.FriendsOfKaren.org and click on the photo of little Leni.  Friends of Karen is the only organization in the New York Tri-State region that provides vital, practical and comprehensive support, at no cost, to families caring for a child with cancer or another life-threatening illness. They help free them of everyday needs and concerns, so they have more time for what’s really important: each other.  Charity Navigator, an independent organization that evaluates the financial responsibility and effectiveness of thousands of U.S. charities, gives Friends of Karen a 4-star rating, its highest award.  For more information about Friends of Karen, visit www.FriendsOfKaren.org or call (914) 617-4042.

The festive table, the yummy aromas, the pleasure of sharing a holiday meal with loved ones. But for families caring for a child with cancer or another life-threatening illness, Thanksgiving may be just another day of worry at the hospital.  Friends of Karen, a children’s charity that serves 22 counties in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, has a way to make it better: they send these families all the makings of a Thanksgiving meal, so they can spend this special time together — perhaps the most important gift of all. Here’s how the mother of Jessie, a Friends of Karen child battling leukemia, put it:  “I just came home from a stressful visit at the hospital and have two boxes waiting for me…how uplifting and beautiful!! Thank you so very much for the Thanksgiving packages! I can’t express enough my gratitude. Friends of Karen has been my light the whole time of my daughter’s illness. I never would want you to walk in my shoes, but if for one minute you could you would understand how much this means to my family.”  Every day, Friends of Karen is a lifeline for hundreds of families. If you can help give a family a happy Thanksgiving, please email gwensalmo@friendsofkaren.org or call her at (914) 617-4051 for a list of specific food items needed.  You can also donate a gift card to A&P, ShopRite or Stop&Shop and we’ll do the shopping!  Friends of Karen is a registered 501(c)(3) charity and the only organization in the New York Tri-State region that provides the vital, practical and comprehensive services that relieves families caring for a child with a life-threatening illness of everyday needs and concerns, so they have more time to love.  Founded in 1978 after helping one child, Karen, and her family, and headquartered in North Salem, NY with other offices on Long Island and in Manhattan, Friends of Karen has touched the lives of more than 12,700 children.  Charity Navigator, an independent organization that evaluates the financial responsibility and effectiveness of thousands of U.S. charities, gives Friends of Karen a 4-star rating, its highest award.  For more information about Friends of Karen, visit www.FriendsOfKaren.org or call (914) 617-4042.

Furniture Sharehouse, Westchester’s Furniture Bank, is launching its “Sittin’ Round the Table” Project this holiday season to draw attention to the importance of basic furniture in the lives of Westchester’s families in need. “There’s nothing that says home like gathering around the table for a holiday meal,” says executive director and founder Kate Bialo. “But it’s easier to give thanks around the table when you have a table — something so many of us take for granted.”  The organization hopes to raise enough money to furnish 25 Westchester families in need this holiday season.  “It costs us about $300 to Furnish a Family by giving them the basic furniture they need to make a fresh start,” said Bialo.  “We think that if friends and neighbors in Westchester know that there are families in their midst who are living in empty apartments, they’ll pull together to help.”  Since opening six years ago, Furniture Sharehouse has provided over 36,000 items of furniture free of charge to more than 7,000 Westchester residents moving out of homeless shelters, escaping domestic violence and recovering from personal and natural disasters to help rebuild their lives.  Clients are referred by member social service agencies to ensure that the furniture goes only to those who need it the most.  To make a monetary contribution and for details on how to donate your gently-used furniture, visit www.furnituresharehouse.org. and while you’re there, click the link on the home page to hear The Original Blind Boys of Alabama sing about how the families you help will feel when they are “Sittin’ Round the Table” for the holidays.

Every day, Clearwater works to educate our communities about sustainable living through education and advocacy efforts. This year is no different.   We are living in an era that has seen and will continue to witness life changing events. We can all commit now to make an impact for the future. Give thanks for your family and friends by giving the gift of future health and prosperity and donate to Clearwater today.   We can care for our rivers and oceans. We can teach our children how to care for our earth. We can stand up to those who threaten our health and safety.   We can make change happen.

With your donation, you can ensure that thousands of children continue to experience environmental education on the historic sloop Clearwater each year by contributing to the critical winter restoration effort. You can attend the public hearings being held during the much debated relicensing case on the Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant and become a voice to ensure safety for the millions of us who live in the 50 mile evacuation zone. Supporting Clearwater’s Environmental Action and Justice efforts helps us all to recognize that we are a community who together can work towards a safe future with renewable energy.  Contributing to Clearwater transforms the future of youth and communities along the Hudson River. Your support via a life changing gift is a commitment to make a step toward the creation of real solutions.  Donate to Clearwater to ensure a sustainable future now and for future generations.

Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, 724 Wolcott Avenue, Beacon, New York 12508, 845-265-8080, visit www.clearwater.org.

Holiday Gift Guide: Browse JustGive’s Holiday Gift Guide — filled with unique and life-changing gifts of all sizes — to find just the right one for your friends and loved ones.
Make this holiday better and more meaningful: for you, for your recipient, and for others in need.
JustGive was one of the first nonprofit organizations to channel the power of the Internet for online giving. Our commitment to charitable causes inspires us to create new ways for you to find, learn about, and support virtually any charity, anytime. Our technology and nonprofit experience allow us to provide unique services, programs and advantages.
Find out more at JustGive.org.

Be the Happy in Someone’s Holiday This Year — 50th Anniversary of MHA Westchester’s Operation Holiday Joy.  Join MHA Westchester to make the holidays brighter for individuals, children and their families who would not receive — or be able to purchase — gifts if it weren’t for Operation Holiday Joy.  For 50 years, MHA has helped its neediest by gathering their personal wish lists, matching them to donors, and delivering the new clothing, toys, food and household items in time for the holidays.  It’s a tradition that brings joy to both receiver and giver.  There are many ways to help.  You can sponsor an individual or family and purchase items from their wish list; make a financial contribution and have MHA staff do the shopping; purchase food, clothing, household items or toys that MHA will match to a child or family; or donate store gift cards.  MHA’s holiday gift drive is a great opportunity for groups – schools, churches, synagogues, a department at work—to collectively shop to bring cheer to others.  For more information, call 914-265-7511or e-mail development@mhawestchester.org.  For more information, visit www.mhawestchester.org.

More than half of Open Door’s patients are uninsured.  Your support ensures that our families receive life transforming care.  We change lives by building strong, healthy communities, one family at a time.  Your gift, regardless of how much, makes a tremendous difference.  Over 43,000 individuals use the services that Open Door provides.  We’re counting on you to ensure that every individual who needs care, receives it.  Please make your commitment to support us today.
Thank you for your support and generosity.  Every gift counts; no gift is too small.
For more information please call Desta Lakew, Director or Development at 914.502.1416 or dlakew@odfmc.orgClick here to donate.

Every year the Open Door Foundation collects toys for children from families of less fortunate means to make sure that every child in our community will receive a new toy during the holiday season. Santa Claus visits all five Open Door sites to personally deliver the gifts to the children. In order to fill his sleigh with enough toys, Open Door is accepting donations of new toys, valued between $10-$20, through December 10th for children ages newborn to 14 years-old. With a goal of collecting 2,500 new, unwrapped toys, Open Door is accepting donations at all Open Door Family Medical Centers Sites:  Mt. Kisco: 30 West Main Street, Ossining: 165 Main Street, Port Chester: 5 Grace Church Street, Sleepy Hollow: 80 Beekman Avenue, Brewster: 155 Main Street, Suite 101.  To make things easy, Open Door has also created online Wish Lists at Amazon, Toys ‘R’ Us and Kohls:   Amazon.com: “Open Door Holiday Toy Drive”, Toysrus.com:  ‘33242665”, Kohls.com: ‘Registries / Special Days 2598805’.  Monetary donations are also being accepted and Open Door Elves will take care of the shopping. Checks made payable to Open Door Foundation may be mailed to Alicia Ward, Open Door Foundation, 2 Church Street – Suite 101, Ossining, NY 10562. Credit card donation may be made at:  www.opendoormedical.org , please be sure to note “Toy Drive” in the comment box.   For those with a knack for wrapping, Open Door is also looking for volunteers to help organize and wrap the gifts which will be distributed by Santa himself when he visits each Open Door health center in December.  For more information about the Toy Drive and volunteering contact Volunteer Coordinator Alicia Ward at 914-502-1468 or award@odfmc.org.  To find out more about Open Door, visit www.opeendoormedical.org.


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Stepping Stones Museum for Children is committed to making exceptional learning opportunities available for all children and families through its accessibility initiative, Open Arms. We believe that every child deserves the opportunity to play, learn, grow and succeed.
Each year, with help from friends like you, Stepping Stones shares the gift of learning with thousands of children, regardless of financial, language or special needs barriers, at a cost of more than $1 million.
Whether supporting scholarships to the ELLI Lab School, purchasing an Angel Membership or sponsoring free admission for military families, you can help ensure a child’s successful future with a donation to Open Arms.
Give the gift of learning today. 
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‘Tis the Season for Giving Back!   Join us as we inspire, equip and mobilize volunteers to take actions that change the world. We now have over 800 service opportunities listed in our HandsOn Connect database.  Try them on for size through HandsOn Connect, located at www.volunteer-center.org, from the comfort of your living room or wherever you surf.  Enter your zip code and all of the entries will be listed for you.   Unlike many of the largest web retailers, we also have staff and volunteers anxious to help you give that perfect gift: yourself.  Call us at (914) 948-4452 to talk to Zachary, Katie, Brenda, Joan or Bernice on the phone or in person.