Welcome to Ski’s Open Heart Foundation

Welcome to Ski’s Open Heart Foundation. Our mission is to provide help to the September 11, 2001 victims, heroes, and their families.  As a result of the attack on our country, many of our fellow Americans became sick and did not have medical insurance or savings to cover the cost of their medical bills.  Once a person becomes sick, they often have to take a leave of absence from work or in certain severe circumstances, refrain from working altogether for the rest of their life.  Consequently, our heroes and their families are unable to afford to essentials such as food, shelter and clothes.  This Foundation concentrates on providing our neighbors, friends, family and fellow Americans who lost their lives or continue to suffer the consequences of September 11, 2001 with the resources necessary such as food, clothing and/or financial assistance.  The Foundation also continues the benevolent work of its inspiration, Mark W. Gajewski, by working with children charities, animals, and simply lending a helping hand wherever possible.  Helping people is a small gesture that everyone can do.

Visitors to this site can share their own personal stories, learn more about the foundation, purchase merchandise to support the foundation and donate to our great causes via the mail, online, or through up-coming events.

From the Blog

    Christmas Toy Deliveries

    Christmas Toy Deliveries

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    Every year thousands of children are without Christmas presents. It has been a tradition for over ten years that members of Ski’s Open Heart has delivered toys to local children and this year is no different. We will be collecting toys and gift cards once again for those in need. If you are interested in donating please feel free to contact us or donate online …

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    Happy Thanksgiving to All

    Happy Thanksgiving to All

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    We at Ski’s Open Heart would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.  Remember be thankful for everything you have because you never know when it could all be taking away from you.  To our inspiration in Heaven, We LOVE and MISS you more then words could ever express.

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    Thanksgiving Deliveries

    Thanksgiving Deliveries

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    Today, we will start with the Thanksgiving deliveries.  We will be starting in Riverhead and by tomorrow afternoon would have delivered to over 150 homeless, over 50 Veterans and 9/11 First Responders.  We will try and post as much as we can during the course of the deliveries.  Thank you everyone for their donations! Happy Thanksgiving!

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    Thanksgiving Dinner Donations

    Thanksgiving Dinner Donations

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    We have confirmed the shelters that we will be bring Thanksgiving Holiday happiness to. With the help of local volunteers we will be delivering full dinners to shelters in Riverhead, Bay Shore and Kings Park as well as a 9/11 Family who currently resides in North Babylon.  In these shelters are the men and woman who have served our country and now need our helps.  They …

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    Happy Veterans Day

    Happy Veterans Day

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    Happy Veterans day to all of our veterans. Each day, I know that we at Ski’s Open Heart do not forget about those that served our country and we ask that everyone take the time to remember that Freedom is not free. Today there are many veterans that are dear to our hearts, but three in particular, thank you for everything you have done and …

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    Congressman Lee Zeldin Calls for Vote on Permanent Extension of Zadroga Act

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    October 4, 2015 Press Release Washington, D.C. – Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, C- NY 1) today called for a vote on the permanent extension of The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act (H.R.1786), legislation that he co-sponsors in Congress. Congressman Zeldin said, “It’s essential that The Zadroga Act is extended so that the necessary assistance is provided to our 9/11 first responders. This initiative …

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    Kickball Event

    Kickball Event

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    Please join us for out annual gala.  This year we will be having a Kickball Tournament.  Donations are $20,00 per person.  There will be a prize for the team that wins the tournament.  The game will be help at South Haven Park in Yaphank, NY.  Sign ups begin at 10:30 am and games start at 11 am.  Food and beverages will be served.  Contact us …

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    Our Services

      Mission

      In addition to helping families of 9/11, the Foundation also concentrates on continuing the benevolent work of the its inspiration, Mark W. Gajewski, by working with children charities, animals, and simply lending a helping hand wherever possible.  Helping people is a small gesture that everyone can do. Please contact Ski’s Open Heart Foundation if you’re in need of our help.  Visit our Share your Story tab and tell us your story or if you are interested in becoming a part of the Foundation, please visit our Contact Us tab.  Pulling together we can make a big difference.

      If you or a loved on is In need of help, please download, fill out, and return to us our Responder Form.

      Events

      In order to help raise awareness and collect donations for those in need, Ski’s Open Heart Foundation sets up events that are attended by many Americans looking to support our cause. Please visit our Recent Events tab for the events we have already hosted, and view below for information on the events that are currently planned for the future.

       Our Next Event is:

      Thanksgiving Dinner Donations
      Please feel free to donate online or contact us for donation dropoffs.

      Holiday Toy Drive and Christmas Dinner Donations
      This year we will be donating to our usual shelters along with one selected family.  This selected 9/11 family will be receiving a decorated Christmas tree, Christmas dinner and toys for their young children.  Please click here for more information

      Donations

      Donate to Ski’s Open Heart Foundation today and help the provide the resources necessary the individuals who are now suffering from the events that happen on September 11, 2001. Your donations will go towards the needs of these special Americans who came to America’s rescue in a time of need and to those that are in a position of needing help. Please visit our Donations tab for information on how to donate. All donations are tax-deductible, as Ski’s Open Heart Foundation is a 501c3 foundation.