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2020 Nicholas Giving Tree Project

2020 Nicholas Giving Tree Project

We are hosting our 7th Nicholas Holiday Giving Tree Project.  If you are interested in this kind of giving directly toward a Batten Family here are items that will be needed for the packages. These children all have a fatal neurodegenerative brain disease and some of the families have more than one child with this disease.  We are sending small "shoe box size" care packages to the families. The boxes are priority mailboxes which will be shipped at a flat rate and they are the size of a shoe box. Sizes of the items are small so many items can fit into the boxes. These items requested are items the families use to take care of their sick child daily or bring to the hospital, gift cards- so they can purchase items they need (such as over the counter medications or toiletries), also gift cards to purchase a cup of coffee! The packages will be mailed out December 1 for the holiday.

This year we will be sending out 50 care packages! We need your help. 

  • New Items asked for this year- I am asking for Twin, Double, queen and king sheet sets for the kids this year, more travel size items and gift cards. Any donations would be appreciated. Thank you! 
  • Care Package Donation $50.00: If you prefer to make a money donation toward the care packages. We will fill the box for a child for you- please donate directly to our web site: www.OurPromiseToNicholas.com. Specify it is for the Nicholas Giving Tree. The care package will contain- Bed sheets, all travel items, children Tylenol, holiday candy, face mask, ornament, special card, and gift card. Visit www.OurPromiseToNicholas.com to make a donation. Thank you!
  • Deadline for Drop off is November 23rd.  I will be putting the packages together over the week- to be mailed on December 1.  Please drop off items early: For my address- email me or private message me on facebook and I will send you my address. Shipped items will need to be sent directly to my house 66 Nashua Road, Bedford, NH 03110.  If you are purchasing gift cards you can mail them to me at Our Promise to Nicholas Foundation PO Box 10106, Bedford, NH 03110. FYI gift cards often need additional postage otherwise the post office will return it back to you. 

If your shopping for items listed- many can be found at Walmart, Target, CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreens and Amazon. No donation is too small for your gift toward this project. 

  • Amazon.com-   Most wish list itmes can be purchased on Amazon.com and sent directly to my home address.  The link to the list is here: Copy and past this link into your bowser:  https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/2PC0UW8KXM9AT?ref_=wl_share   The list is called "Nicholas Giving Tree Project 2020". ***Please use Amazonsmile.com*** and choose Our Promise to Nicholas Foundation as your charity choice. Amazon will donate 0.5% to OPTN for your purchase.


We know these holiday care packages do bring these families a feeling of love and joy during a season which can be stressful for everyone but especially caring for a medically fragile child. Thank you for your support! 


Kindness Always Makes a Difference. You all inspire me- thank you for opening your hearts to these families who have children with Batten Disease. 

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! 

If you need to contact me Heather Dainiak- [email protected], 603-785-4249

Created by:   Heather Dainiak
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