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Danny Fund hosts Breakfast with Santa to bring holiday to residents and make cards for ill and injured children it aids

The Danny Fund rang in the holiday season with a Breakfast with Santa event at the Daronco Town House on Saturday. Residents filed in to take a picture with Santa, enjoy treats and make cards for children supported by the Danny Fund.

“We’re just trying to keep the Danny Fund in peoples’ minds and let them know what we do,” said Jessica Hynes, Danny Fund president. “We thought this would be a good, free event to help the community be a part of it and get the word out.”

The Danny Fund, founded in 1983, supports children with catastrophic injuries or illnesses. It is a totally volunteer organization and serves families in Pelham and beyond. One of the Danny Fund’s services is card-making for the children, which attendees at the breakfast worked on. The cards are delivered to Danny Fund children around Valentine’s Day.

“What we are hoping when they get hundreds and hundreds of cards in a basket is that they feel like they are not alone, and all these people care about them,” said board member Kathy Potocki. “They will help them feel strong and supported. These kids may be in the hospital for months and months. Imagine how uplifting it feels when you receive all these cards.”

Potocki recalled one instance in which a family with a very ill child was having a hard day. When the doorbell rang and the basket of cards was delivered, the family was filled with so much joy.

The Danny Fund was created 30 years ago to support a four-year-old boy named Danny who was diagnosed with an incurable form of leukemia. The founders decided to continue their efforts and help as many families as possible.

Local businesses have been instrumental in helping the Danny Fund fulfill its mission.

“When you go down Boston Post Road or Fifth Avenue in Pelham, almost all of those businesses are the ones who have helped fund the Danny Fund,” said Potocki.

The organization will host its 30th Anniversary Annual Gala on Feb. 3 at the New York Athletic Club. This is their primary fundraiser for the year.

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