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

    2018 Toy Drive

    2018 Toy Drive

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    It’s that time of year again! We will be continue the tradition our inspiration started over 15 years ago. We will deliver to out usual charities and a chosen 9/11 Family. We are looking to outdo last years donation and would like to be able to donate 550 gifts to the children in need! Please contact us if you are interested in donating gifts or …

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    9/11 Remembrance Video

    9/11 Remembrance Video

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    Please click on the link below, watch, share and let everyone know… YOU WILL NEVER FORGET!!   9/11 Respondered Remembered Park Drone video made by some of our members to showcase our park! Please come and support the 9/11 community this Saturday! Posted by Ski's Open Heart Foundation on Tuesday, September 11, 2018

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    Our Services


      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:

      Our Annual Toy Drive
      Our Toy Drive has begun! Please contact us if you are interested in donated.  All donations must be received by December 15, 2018.
      Drop off Location: 262 Martha Avenue East Patchogue, NY 11772
      Call (631) 987-8847 or email info@skisopenheart.com for more information
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      8th Annual Tree Lighting at the 9/11 Responders Remembered Park
      Location: Nesconset Highway and Gibbs Pond Road, Smithtown
      December 8, 2018 at 5:00 pm
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      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.


      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.