What We’ve Done

 

 

      How your donations help!

2017

  • Paid $975 for a special summer camp session for a girl from Coram, NY with intellectual disability.
  • Helped two children with cerebral palsy obtain adaptive tricycles costing $3,000-$4,000 each.
  • Gave $300 in food gift cards to a single mom in upstate NY to help her and her son celebrate Easter. He has autism and Celiac disease.
  • Paid $700 for a shadow helper to allow an autistic boy to attend Camp Ruach in Bridgewater, NJ.

2016

  • Negotiated and paid a $6,750 settlement with a drug company, for an autistic child undergoing infusion therapy for immune system deficiencies.
  • Donated toys and gifts for Christmas to children at the Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital in Valhalla, NY.
  • Gave $1000 in gift cards to a Long Island family that lost a husband and father who was in law enforcement.
  • Raised more than $26,000 at our annual luncheon to help a Staten Island family complete the purchase of a customized van for their son, who has multiple disabilities and is medically fragile.
  • Bought a $1,500 specialized, adult stroller for a 14-year-old boy with severe autism.
  • Paid for special needs swim classes at the Great South Bay YMCA, and a camp program at Speech Language Pathology in Motion, for a four-year-old autistic boy in Brentwood, NY.
  • 2 Special Needs grants totaling $17,000 to Catholic Charities of Manhattan and Yellow Boots Long Term Recovery Group of Staten Island.
  • Contributed $1,500 for math and science tutors so a Staten Island girl with Epstein-Barr can catch up on missed schoolwork.
  • Provided $3,000 for twins from West Islip, NY with Hyperkineses, ADHD and Sensory Integration Disorder to go to 5 weeks of summer camp at Early Discoveries Center in Ronkonkoma.
  • Donated $2,700 for 10 weeks of speech therapy sessions at Speech Language Pathology in Motion of Hauppauge, NY for an autistic child.
  • Paid $700 for a shadow helper to allow an autistic boy to attend Camp Ruach in Bridgewater, NJ.
  • “Adopted” a family for the Easter holiday, sending approximately $700 in gift certificates to stores such as Disney, ToysRUs and Build a Bear, plus a Nintendo Wii game set and a food basket from Williams-Sonoma.  The child required a prosthetic foot due to a complication from a rare blood disorder during surgery. The IWL also donated to this family through the Yellow Boots Long Term Recovery Group, (see above).
  • Donated $400 for riding classes at Great Strides in Long Island for an 11-year-old girl with intellectual disability.
  • Paid $600 for copays for leukemia treatments for an 8-year-old boy in Brooklyn.

2015

  • 10 Special Needs grants, totaling $152,000, to: Jewels Institute, New Rochelle, NY; Helping Hands Behavioral Outreach, Old Bethpage, NY; Dancing Dreams, Bayside, NY; Assn. for Children with Down Syndrome, Plainview, NY; Rocking Horse Rehab, W. Orange, NJ; ACLD Kramer Learning Center, Bay Shore, NY; Cooley’s Anemia Foundation, NY, NY; Children’s Skin Disease Foundation, Walnut Creek, CA; Special Strides Therapeutic Riding Ctr., Monroe Township, NJ; Angela’s House, E. Moriches/Smithtown, NY.
  • Donated $7,300 towards the cost of a service dog from ECAD for an autistic child in Wantagh, NY.
  • Paid $2,000 for an industrial-grade swing set for a large 12-year-old child with autism in Hawthorne, NJ.
  • Contributed $4,400 towards a whole-house generator as backup for children who sleep aided by machines.
  • Paid for a new, specialized stroller and car seat for an autistic child from Mahopac, NY.
  • Gave $4,500 towards the tuition for a Long Island child for a special program at NYU Summer Program for Kids
  • Donated $1,500 in gift cards for a family whose home was destroyed by a water main break.
  • Paid for online college classes for a woman who’s education was interrupted by treatments for cancer.
  • Gave $3,500 towards a stair lift to make a home accessible for a bride with multiple sclerosis.
  • Bought $350 worth of toys and gifts for a child in Brookhaven, NY whose father was a Department of Corrections officer killed in a skydiving accident.
  • Donated three iPad minis to a classroom in Staten Island for autistic students.
  • Gave $1,500 in gift cards for groceries, books and other necessities to a single mother in Suffern, NY who is raising a child with autism and Celiac disease.

2014

  • 12 Special Needs Grants, totaling $154,000, to: Abilities Therapy Network, Midland Park, NJ; Helping Hands Behavioral Outreach, Old Bethpage, NY; Jewels Institute, New Rochelle, NY; Dancing Dreams, Bayside, NY; Assn. for Children with Down Syndrome, Plainview, NY; Developmental Disabilities Institute, Smithtown, NY; Rocking Horse Rehab, W. Orange, NJ; ACLD Kramer Learning Center, Bay Shore, NY; Cooley’s Anemia Foundation, NY, NY; Children’s Skin Disease Foundation, Walnut Creek, CA; Special Strides Therapeutic Riding Ctr., Monroe Township, NJ; Angela’s House, E. Moriches/Smithtown, NY.
  • Provided $1,100 for a child with autism and Down Syndrome to get an assessment at Anderson Center for Autism in Staatsburg, NY.
  • Purchased an $8,000 motorized Wheelchair-to-Water Pool Lift for a Staten Island girl with Spastic Quadriparesis Cerebral Palsy and a seizure disorder, so that she can use a pool for therapy.
  • Sent $1,500 in gift cards for daily necessities to an 18-year-old from Queens who, despite being legally blind and disadvantaged, was selected for a scholarship to Marymount Manhattan College.
  • Paid $6,645 for a family in Lodi, NJ to improve the safety and accessibility of their home for a daughter with Tuberous Sclerosis, including a new driveway. Also provided funds for air conditioning.
  • Provided $6,000 for autistic twins from Hauppauge, NY to go to 6 weeks summer camp at Hidden Pond Day Camp.
  • Provided $2,500 for twins from West Islip, NY with Hyperkineses, ADHD and Sensory Integration Disorder to go to 5 weeks of summer camp at Early Discoveries Center in Ronkonkoma.
  • “Adopted” two families for the Easter holiday, sending gift certificates to stores such as Stop & Shop, Costco, Walmart, Kohl’s and Walgreens, plus a Williams-Sonoma gift basket and a Kindle Fire tablet. One family from Manorville, NY has a 5-year-old girl with Down Syndrome. She also suffers from leukemia and a heart defect. The other family from Staten Island, NY has two sons, ages 12 and 14, who have Asperger’s Syndrome, asthma and lymphonodular hyperplasia. Each family received approximately $1,500 in gifts.

2013

  • 10 Special Needs Grants, totaling $132,000, to: Autism Think Tank, Warren, NJ; Helping Hands Behavioral Outreach, Old Bethpage, NY; Dancing Dreams, Bayside, NY; Assn. for Children with Down Syndrome, Plainview, NY; Rocking Horse Rehab, W. Orange, NJ; ACLD Kramer Learning Center, Bay Shore, NY; Cooley’s Anemia Foundation, NY, NY; Children’s Skin Disease Foundation, Walnut Creek, CA; Special Strides Therapeutic Riding Ctr., Monroe Township, NJ; Angela’s House, E. Moriches/Smithtown, NY.
  • Purchased mini iPads for 6 children who receive therapy at the Developmental Disabilities Institute on Long Island, to help unlock their potential to communicate.
  • Purchased an iPad2 for a 14-year-old from Selden, NY with Agenesis Corpus Collosium birth defect, migration defect, and Walker Syndrome.
  • Paid for the installation and one year’s service for an ADT alarm system to prevent an autistic child from Denville, NJ from leaving  home by himself.
  • Adopted a family of five children in a single-parent household for Christmas, and gave them $1,000 in gift cards to stores including Staples, Kohl’s, Toys R Us, Apple, Barnes & Noble and Rite Aid.
  • Paid $3,000 towards a special stem cell therapy treatment for two siblings from Hauppauge, NY, ages 8 and 11, with Cockayne Syndrome.
  • Bought an EMP, 3 Wave muscle stimulating device for a Brooklyn girl who was paralyzed from the waist down in an accident.
  • Gave a $2,200 grant to a Long Island student who lost a father to violence.
  • Donated $500 gift cards and groceries for three siblings with auto immune deficiencies on Long Island who suffered losses from Hurricane Sandy.
  • Bought special medical equipment for a child in Brooklyn with Rett Syndrome, $930.
  • Sent twins from Long Island with hyperkineses & ADHD to Early Discovery camp, $2,600.
  • Financial assistance for occupational therapy for a New Jersey three-year-old with Primary Immune Deficiency & Pervasive Developmental Delay, $1,250.
  • Helped to fund assessment fees for a 23 month old Autistic child from Martinsville, NJ at the Autism Think Tank of NJ, which diagnoses complicated cases, $1,500.
  • Funded 2 weeks of summer camp at Hidden Pond Day Camp for a pair of 11 year-old autistic twins from Hauppauge, NY, at a cost of $4,123
  • Purchased a special feeding chair for a 9 year-old quadriplegic child from Atlantic Beach, NY with Cerebral Palsy for $4,122
  • Bought a $500 gift certificate for special gluten-free foods for a 2 year-old child from Oradell, NJ undergoing chemotherapy in Philadelphia
  • Funded $2,000 of additional training sessions for a therapy dog purchased for an autistic boy, a former recipient.

2012

  • 10 Special Needs Grants, totaling $138,000, to: Helping Hands Behavioral Outreach, Old Bethpage, NY; Dancing Dreams, Bayside, NY; Assn. for Children with Down Syndrome, Plainview, NY; Developmental Disabilities Institute, Smithtown, NY; Rocking Horse Rehab, W. Orange, NJ; ACLD Kramer Learning Center, Bay Shore, NY; Cooley’s Anemia Foundation, NY, NY; Children’s Skin Disease Foundation, Walnut Creek, CA; Special Strides Therapeutic Riding Ctr., Monroe Township, NJ; Angela’s House, E. Moriches/Smithtown, NY.
  • A $10,000 donation was made by the IWL’s Lily Amato Fund specifically to be used for 4 yr old Harrington Park, NJ girl who is battling a neuroblastoma. Her mother broke her neck in a diving accident and is paralyzed from the waist down.
  • Sent 6 year old twin boys from West Islip who suffer from Sensory Disorders and Hyperkinesis to Early Discoveries Summer Camp for 4 weeks each at a total cost of $2,339.
  • Purchased an iPad (plus two years insurance on the device) to enable a 2 year old boy with Cerebral Palsy from Little Neck, New York to communicate: $729.
  • Sent 8 yr. old twin boys who are autistic to Hidden Pond Day Camp at a cost of $4,123.
  • Settled an outstanding surgical bill, not covered by insurance, for an 11 year old boy from Queens in the amount of $10,000 from the specially dedicated Lily Amato Fund. Also adopted this boy and his brother for Easter, providing gift certificates and food/Easter baskets.
  • Donated $1,000 toward a Memorial Fund set up by the Federal Drug Agents Foundation for the children of Special Agent John Capano, of Long Island, who was killed in an armed robbery.
  • Paid $5,000 after-school therapy costs for a 7 year old girl from Tenafly, NJ diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorder.
  • Purchased $182 worth of disposable and reusable swim-diapers for an 8 ½ year old girl from Long Island diagnosed with Down Syndrome and Leukemia (in remission)
  • committed to pay half the rent through six months ($5400) for a Copiague, LI family with four young children under 6, whose house burned down.
  • purchased labradoodle therapy dog and training sessions for a 12 year-old autistic boy from Waldwick, NJ who also suffers from seizure disorder. Total cost of $4,250 was offset by a generous $1000 donation from an anonymous donor who wished to contribute to this recipient’s needs.

2011

  • 10 Special Needs Grants, totaling $120,000, to: Helping Hands Behavioral Outreach, Old Bethpage, NY; Alpine Learning Center, Paramus, NJ; Dancing Dreams, Bayside, NY; Assn. for Children with Down Syndrome, Plainview, NY; Rocking Horse Rehab, W. Orange, NJ; ACLD Kramer Learning Center, Bay Shore, NY; Cooley’s Anemia Foundation, NY, NY; Children’s Skin Disease Foundation, Walnut Creek, CA; Special Strides Therapeutic Riding Ctr., Monroe Township, NJ; Angela’s House, E. Moriches/Smithtown, NY.
  • paid four months rent in arrears- $7,200 – for a Copiague, LI family with four small children whose house burned down last December.
  • A gift card for Microsoft XBox and educational software in the amount of $750 from the IWL’s Lily Amato Fund, was presented to a 7 yr old boy with leukemia from Holtsville, NY.
  • Sent $950 to the Sunday Program at KISS Mid-Island Y JCC for an 11 yr. old Northport boy with multiple special needs.
  • purchased special needs socks ($168) to cover the leg braces of an 11 year-old Staten Island boy with multiple disabilities. Also sent a gift certificate for $300 from Costco for Depends for this boy, who is incontinent.
  • purchased a $2000 special needs Swift Stroller with belt, tray, harness, ankle supports and basket for a 6 and a half year old boy with Cerebral Palsy from Oceanside, NY.
  • Purchased a laptop and special needs bike, totaling $834, for a 10-year old Ramsey, NJ girl with Cerebral Palsy
  • Adopted for Easter 3 brothers from Wantagh, LI, 6, 11 and 13, whose police officer father was struck by a truck and killed on the L.I.E. The League sent them a Easter Basket from Dylan’s Candy and $500 gift certificate to Modell’s.
  • Sent a 12 year-old Lindenhurst, NY boy with Asperger’s Syndrome, to Hofstra Special Needs Summer Camp for two weeks at a cost of $1600.
  • Contributed $4,405 toward the purchase of a special positioning chair for a 12 year old Flushing, NY girl with a rare metabolic disorder.
  • Adopted for Christmas a mother and 15 year-old daughter from Tom’s River, NJ, whose husband and father, a Ground Zero volunteer and recent victim, by providing two $500 gift certificates to Target and Shop Rite.
  • Adopted for Christmas, 3 yr. old twin brothers from Staten Island, NY (one of whom is being treated for brain cancer) by presenting a basket and Toys R Us and The Gap gift cards in the amount of $250 each.
  • Adopted for Christmas a family with 4 children under 4 yrs. old whose house burned down in Copiague, NY. To replace some of their belongings, the League gave the family gift cards for $1000 each from Babys R Us and Target.
  • Contributed $3,000 toward the construction of a wheelchair lift enclosure for an 8 year old girl from Staten Island, NY afflicted with Cerebral Palsy.
  • Paid outstanding bill of $542 for services rendered to a 6 year old girl from Bayside, NY who suffers from Down Syndrome.

2010

  • 11 Special Needs Grants, totaling $112,000, to: Helping Hands Behavioral Outreach, Old Bethpage, NY; Alpine Learning Center, Paramus, NJ; Dancing Dreams, Bayside, NY; Assn. for Children with Down Syndrome, Plainview, NY; Rocking Horse Rehab, W. Orange, NJ; ACLD Kramer Learning Center, Bay Shore, NY; Cooley’s Anemia Foundation, NY, NY; Children’s Skin Disease Foundation, Walnut Creek, CA; Special Strides Therapeutic Riding Ctr., Monroe Township, NJ; Angela’s House, E. Moriches/Smithtown, NY; Shooting Stars Gymnastics, Far Hills, NJ.
  • gave a $4900 scholarship for one semester at The New School – Mannes Preparatory Division, for a 9 year old autistic girl from Rochelle Park, NJ
  • Gave a Special Needs grant in the amount of $5000 to the AHRC’s Camp Loyaltown in Plainview, NY for recipients of Italian descent.
  • Sent a 2 year old autistic boy from Patterson, NJ for an 11 week session at Shooting Stars Gymnastics in Wyckoff, NJ – costing $458.50.
  • Donated $2500 toward dog-training services for a 17 year old brain-injury victim from Brooklyn at East Coast Assistance Dogs, Inc. of Torrington, CT.
  • Sent $1545 to Association for Help of Retarded Children’s Camp Loyaltown, for a 9 year old Levittown, L.I. boy with Autism.
  • Purchased a $1000 gift certificate to Shop Rite for a family with four children the IWL adopted at Easter, whose father was electrocuted.
  • Christmas Adoptees, two brothers, 6 and 1, from New Jersey, who have a genetic brain disorder: gave $1100 in gift certificates to Toys R Us, B & N, Disney Store, The Gap, Best Buy and a Wii for rehab.
  • Purchased $500 gift certificate to Wild By Nature health food store for a Long Island family with three autistic sons who suffer from food allergies. Paid $525 for occupational therapy for one 6-year old son.

2009

  • 8 Special Needs Grants, totaling $85,000, to: Helping Hands Behavioral Outreach, Old Bethpage, NY; Assn. for Children with Down Syndrome, Plainview, NY; Rocking Horse Rehab, W. Orange, NJ; ACLD Kramer Learning Center, Bay Shore, NY; Cooley’s Anemia Foundation, NY, NY; Children’s Skin Disease Foundation, Walnut Creek, CA; Special Strides Therapeutic Riding Ctr., Monroe Township, NJ; Angela’s House, E. Moriches/Smithtown, NY.
  • $7,500 for physical therapy to a 47 year old bed-ridden male, who has to be cared for like a child.
  • Purchased a $1324.94 bedroom set which the family had to cancel due to financial hardship for a 2 ½ year old girl from Mastic, LI, suffering from a rare form of liver cancer.
  • Donated two bicycles with toddler seats, helmets and a bike rack costing $1412 were generously donated by a single member of the League for brother and sister: 2 ½ year old boy and 6 year old girl from Hauppauge, who suffer from a rare neurodegenerative disease.
  • Contributed $4000 toward the purchase of a $16,000 specially-extended van for the three adult children of a Kings Park, LI family who are all wheelchair bound.
  • Donated $1445 for finger therapy sessions and $535 for orthopedic treatment for a 6 year old girl from Toms River, NJ who suffers fromPrader-Willi Syndrome.
  • Custom Freedom Bicycle, $4203 and special chair, $284 for a 7 ½ year old girl from Staten Island with Spastic Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy.
  • Theratogs Vest, $406, for a 1 year old boy from Queens, NY who suffers from multiple developmental problems
  • $1000 donation to the Ava Loren Barbarino Trust for a 6 month old girl with Charge Syndrome and Severe Immunodeficiency (Rest in Peace).
  • Custom Freedom Bicycle, $2343, for a 4 year old boy who suffers from CP from Atlantic Beach, NY.
  • $423.50 to Shooting Stars Gymnastics for 6 ½ year old Autistic boy from Hawthorne, NJ.
  • Easter gift of $2000 gift certificate to Babys R Us for a Staten Island family with newborn quintuplets
  • Easter gift of $1000 gift certificates to Old Navy, Modell’s and Macy’s for two Brooklyn children whose father was crushed to death in a work-related accident.
  • Two weeks, $1350 Hofstra University Summer Camp for a Lindenhurst boy with Aspergers, ODD, OCD, ADD.