The League recently enabled an autistic 8-year-old boy to participate in activities at a Yorktown Heights facility that provides social, therapeutic and recreational services for special needs children.
"To the Italian Welfare League:
Thank you so much for helping us out in our time of need. Your generosity towards my son is overwhelming! I thank you for all the good work you do for our special children. May God bless you all!!"
This autistic 18-year-old from Coram, NY aspires to be a game coding professional. IWL donated funds for a 20-session training program at Game U., which teaches kids with disabilities how to code and design video games.
For our annual "Adopt-a-Child-for-Christmas" program, the IWL spread holiday cheer to a four-year-old boy from New York who lost younger twin siblings in a tragic accident this past summer. The League presented him with gift cards, to Dave and Busters and Chuck E. Cheese, goggles and swim lessons.
Marathon runner and mother of two of our grant recipients in 2016, Lisa Tuozzolo, was interviewed while running the NY Marathon and featured in the NY Post. The IWL gave gift cards to this family after NYPD Sergeant Paul Tuozzolo was killed in the line of duty.
I don't know if I can find the words to thank you. Jonathan is a very special boy. He is funny, quick-witted, sassy, loving and smart. Unlike many kids though, he has to work so hard for EVERYTHING! He can act out and get frustrated when he isn't understood.
He loves words and getting his point across. He will find a way to be understood. Thank you for helping him get more PROMPT sessions. He is speaking now because of this. We really appreciate all o...
Dominick is a twin who was born prematurely. he is able to enjoy bike riding with a special, adaptive bike.
"We just got the bike and are having so much fun! Thank you to all who made this possible. The timing was perfect because school just ended. Dominick loves it as did his twin Brother Dante. (Dante has hydrocephalus so this is a great asset to their physical therapy). Thank you again for all of you help with this."
From one of the organizations we fund, ACLD (Adults and Children with Learning Disabilities) in Bethpage, NY:
"I cannot tell you how many families we have in queu to help this year. It’s simply wonderful to be able to assist so many thanks to the generosity of IWL. Here are some of the happy smiles from Summer Camp made possible by IWL ."