Adopt a Family

Adopt a Family
Within the next few weeks, the P.U.N.T. Fund will receive the holiday wish lists of several children in our community fighting cancer, along with that of their siblings and parents through the medical social workers we work with. 

The financial burden of the holidays loom large for these families.

The average out-of-pocket cost for a family (with good health insurance) in the first year of pediatric cancer diagnosis is $20,000. This staggering cost is often coupled with a loss of income since a parent often suspends employment to be by their child’s side. 

Many times, the gifts provided by the P.U.N.T. Fund Adopt-a-Family program are the gifts these children receive on Christmas morning from Santa. You can help us create Christmas magic for a local child in the fight for their life. You can give that child's parents the beautiful gift of seeing a smile on their son or daughter's face on Christmas morning.

Please consider getting your family, company, school or organization to "Adopt-a-Family" battling pediatric cancer this holiday season. You will also give a gift to yourself in knowing you have helped make a profound difference to a family when they have never needed it more.  We will work with you to determine the best way to get involved.  You can simply donate, do the shopping and wrapping for the families--or our team can do that for you.  Any budget amount will be matched up with item wish lists, and there is no obligation to fulfill every item for each family member. 

To get involved, please contact our Program & Event Coordinator, Bridgett Moffett.   or (716) 866-9180

FAQs for the Adopt a Family Program:

What is a typical budget to particiapte? 

There is no set amount required and we work closley with each donor to pair families and wish list requests in accordance with budget parameters. Often, larger families are adopted by several donors to ensure they are helped adequately. We can also help subsidize through general donations that come to the P.U.N.T. Fund at holiday time to complete wish lists. 

When will I receive my list?

We are in daily contact with the hospital team and send family's wish lists over as soon as we receive them. 
How are the families chosen?
We work directly with the hospitals to determine who will be adopted through the P.U.N.T. Fund. Our contacts are aware of who is being adopted through various organizations and who the families are that are most in need.
Can I get a receipt letter for my participation in the Adopt a Family program?
Donors can write a check to the Fund and receive a receipt letter for tax purposes and our team can do the shopping and the wrapping. 
If you would prefer to do the shopping and wrapping on your end, you can provide us with a list of items purchased and we can issue you an acknowledgement letter reflecting these items that you can use for tax purposes.
Regardless, we would be most grateful if you would be able to provide us with an estimated value of your purchases so we can capture that information for the program. 
Checks can be sent directly to:
P.U.N.T. Fund
1028 Main St, 4th Floor
Buffalo, NY 14202
Where/when should I deliver my gifts? 
We will be holding a Gift Drop-Off Gathering in the hope that many of you can attend and possibly meet a representative of the family you are helping. The event will take place on Tuesday, December 19 from 6 pm- 8 pm at the Fraternal Order of Eagles Hall located at 4569 Broadway in Depew, NY (ample parking in their lot is available). We would like to extend this invitation to you and a guest. Please note we cannot guarantee the actual child in treatment will be present, as parents are very cautious about bringing them in public since they are immune-compromised. We are hopeful that each family participating will have someone their to receive the gifts and we look forward to meeting and thanking you for your participation in this program. 
If you are unable to make it to this event, we will work with you individually to figure out the best time to connect with you. 

Adopt a Family 2016 Donors:

Thank you to these generous companies and donors who have made the holidays brighter for families facing pediatric cancer this holiday season. May your kindness and compassion return to each one of you. 

Advantage Trucks
Bison Elevator
Blue Cross Blue Shield of WNY
Buffalo Lilly Diabetes Team 
Buffalo Niagara Convention Center
Children's Therapy Resources 
Citi Bank 
EZ Auto Loan 
Fox Run of Orchard Park 
First Niagara Bank -Item Processing Dept.
Go & Grow Pre-School, Lancaster
IBC Engineering 
Indycrete, Inc.
Ingram Micro
Just For Kids 
Keystone Healthcare Management 
Lipsitz & Pontiero
Merck Pharmaceutical 
New Era Cap
Niagara Tying Service
Sealing Devices Inc.
Serafini Construction 
South Davis Elementary School 5th Grade (Orchard Park) 
STI-CO Industries 
Templeton Landing 
TOWNE Buick 
Village Veterninary Clinic of Hamburg
Williamsville North HS
Pete & Kim Augustine 
Ron Aughtmon & family 
Lisa Barreca
Alicia Bauer 
Stacey Brandon & family
Mirsad Busuladzic
Lisa Caron
Amanda Cummings 
Shirley Cunningham 
Maria Daniels
Tara & Dean Dersam
Marissa DiCamillo 
Shannon & Joe Dommer 
Krissy & Chris Donahue
Greg Elwood 
Kim Fetzer
Joe & Briana Filippelli
Davod Frieder
Jeff Gruendike
Sarah Hack
Nancy & David Hart
Meghan Hess & family 
Sarah Holmes
Marc & Kate Honan
Jessica, Erica & Jacqueline Kane 
Jill Kaczmarek
Joe & Jennnifer Karbowski 
Jerra Knapic
David Leroy, Jr.
David Levinthal
Tammy Lytle 
Ashlee Ludtka
Michelle Maggard 
Jill Maiola & family 
Alisa & Michael Mertens & family 
Emily & Bridgett Moffett
Moorman family 
Kristi Mora
Linda Odden
Pawlak family 
Genevieve Perryman 
Beth Potozniak
Alison Potter 
Danielle Probst 
Katie Pryor
Laura & Andy Reyda
Ryan Riesz
Ian Sadlocha
Kristi Sedota 
Serafini family 
Lawrence Staszak
Sarah Steiner
Allison Smith 
Hannah Stachowiak & family 
Lisa Stearns 
Barb & John Stitt
Melissa Storfer 
Laura Sullivan
Anissa Taher
Andrea Vogel
Marc Wachowiak 
Danielle Winiarski 
Bob & Nancy Witherspoon 
Jennifer Wolf
Cori Zanca
Kim Zoldowski