We all want to volunteer, but, especially when you’re trying to pay the bills in NYC, it’s hard to find the time to really commit to something long term. That’s why I love New York Cares. I’ve been volunteering with New York Cares for about six years and it’s such a fantastic organization. New York Cares offers one-off volunteer opportunities to volunteers who are members of the organization, taking away the onus of long-term commitment and allowing people who are normally too busy to volunteer to participate in wonderful volunteer projects all around New York City.
One of my very favorite things that New York Cares does annually (in addition to running the famous Coat Drive, which you’ve undoubtedly seen posters for if you’ve been to NYC in the winter) is a program called Winter Wishes. Every year underprivileged kids across the city gather in their local school or community center and write letters to Santa asking for a special gift for the December holidays. New York Cares takes these letters and distributes them to volunteers, who purchase the gift anonymously, wrap it, and send it to the community center for the child to open at a holiday gathering.
I’m so proud to announce that for every travel package we book this October, New York Guest will be granting an NYC child’s Winter Wish! It’s the perfect time of year to give something back to the city we love, and the perfect way to do it. So if you’ve always dreamed of spending the holidays in New York City, book with us this month and you’ll be making a child’s dream come true, too.