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More than 3,700 New York City children’s wishes were fulfilled by more than 2,000 volunteers from city government, including Mayor Bill de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray, and the private sector through the seventh annual Secret Snowflake gift-giving initiative.

Secret Snowflake mobilizes city and private sector employees as volunteers to answer letters from children and youth referred by city agencies. Since 2014, Secret Snowflake has answered the holiday wishes of more than 19,000 New York City children and youth, ranging in age from one month to 18 years old.

New York City’s private sector is a major contributor to Secret Snowflake. This year, employees from 17 NYC businesses responded to Secret Snowflake letters. NYC Service supplemented their gifts with donations from small and large businesses across the city, valued at nearly $17,000.