What We’ve Done

 

 

      How your donations help!

2017

  • Purchased a $2000 ionic foot bath to help an autistic girl, who also has immune dysregulation and metabolic disorders, to detoxify her body and tolerate the everyday chemicals and allergens in her environment.
  • Donated $2,500 for two twins with hyperkineses, ADHD and Sensory Integration Disorder for 4 weeks at Camp Wee Luv ’em in Northport, NY.
  • 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.