COVID-19: Help Us Help Them!

In keeping with the original mission of NYCCHP — to help better the lives of the homeless children of New York City — we have set up a special fundraiser on GoFundMe, and we are asking you to donate now so that we may provide the children with much needed supplies, including essential provisions, sanitary and basic hygiene products, and educational/recreational items. Learn more here.

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We Remember…

Here at NYCCHP, we have felt the effects of COVID-19 deep within our family, having suffered the loss of our dear volunteer Chef Floyd Cardoz. Sadly, we also lost our dear friend Carlos Cuartas to cancer. We offer our sincere condolences to their families and loved ones.

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Share the Joy!

 2019 Celebration

The New York City Children’s Holiday Party (NYCCHP) is dedicated to bringing the joys of the holidays to children living in New York City’s homeless shelters, and we were proud to continue our tradition for the 16th year!

On Wednesday, December 4, 2019, NYCCHP took 500 children living in more than 20 of NYC’s homeless shelters to the IMAX Theater at AMC Lincoln Square to see

Frozen 2

Elsa, Anna, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven’s Cool New Adventure!

Currently there are more than 22,000 children living in about 150 shelters in New York City. In addition to sharing the joys of the holidays, we strive to introduce each child to new experiences and to broaden his or her horizons, hoping to spark a yearning for and a determination to create a better situation.

For the last 17 years we are proud to have brought smiles to the faces of more than 12,000 homeless children who haven’t had a place to call home during the holiday season. These magical evenings buoy the spirit of the children and make them feel special and wanted throughout the year despite their circumstances.

In 2018 we took 900 children from 30 New York City homeless shelters to see King Kong at the Broadway Theatre and gave each one dinner and gifts from Santa. In 2017 we treated 700 children to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. In addition to a backpack & educational supplies, every child was given a jumbo chocolate bar by Santa — and, of course, a Golden Ticket!

James Monroe Iglehard with Surya Garg, Manager of Youth Volunteers

Aladdin‘s Tony-winning genie James Monroe Iglehard with Surya Garg, Manager of Youth Volunteers

In 2003, we launched our first event at Trinity School with an afternoon of fun and games that included a performance by the Dance Theatre of Harlem. Since then, each year we have taken hundreds of children to venues such as the Big Top of the Big Apple Circus and under the lights of Broadway at Lion King, Mary Poppins, Bring It On, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, Wicked and Aladdin the Musical.


Please join us in creating wondrous moments for these children in our very own backyard. You are welcome to volunteer with our organization — click here to become a volunteer. If you can’t join us for our magical evening a donation is greatly appreciated. 100% of your donation goes directly to the children. Please donate now by clicking below!

The New York City Children’s Holiday Party Inc. is a tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3). Our organization is 100% volunteer-run.

Why We Do This

For insight into the lives of the children in the city’s homeless shelters, see Andrea Elliot’s clear-eyed yet heart-wrenching December 2015 5-part series in The New York Times, Invisible Child (December 2015), accompanied by Ruth Fremson’s remarkable photographs. Being able to give children like Dasani one night of pure fun reminds all of us what the holidays are truly about.

Be part of the magic — share the joy!