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

    Thank Yous

    Thank Yous

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    Hope everyone had a great holiday. Here are a few Thank you’s we have received so far for our holiday donations Please take a look at our facebook page for more thanks you’s we have received.

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    Success Toy Drive

    Success Toy Drive

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    Donations have all been delivered! Thank you to everyone who has helped and donated to our mission this year. Once again, we have been able to continue the tradition of our inspiration. We were able to fulfill two individuals complete wish list for their children from lacrosse sticks to Nike clothes, as well as donated to several organizations that were dear to our inspirations heart! …

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    Full Throttle Ski’s Kid Toy Run

    Full Throttle Ski’s Kid Toy Run

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    Many years ago our inspiration started delivering toys to the children of Stonybrook Hospital on his own good will with his family, from there he had people join him along the way.  Today, it has become an annual Motorcycle Ride where over 1000 bikers join together to drop off toys in his memory.  Please join us on December 18th at the Smithtown Fire Department.  Kickstands …

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    9/11 Responders Park Tree Lighting

    9/11 Responders Park Tree Lighting

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    To all those that came out to support our tree lighting – Thank you! The board and myself can’t say how much we appreciate everyone supporting the park and our work.  This year we were able to help a family and donate of $5000 in gifts, food and toys to them.  Please keep an eye out for all of our events in 2017.

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    Successful Thanksgiving

    Successful Thanksgiving

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    It’s more then just helping others, the smile on a little girls face when you pull up to their house with a basket full of food for them to cook together with their mom after losing their step dad to a horrific American tragedy.  How about that hug they give you as you’re walking out of their house saying thank you so much, or the …

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    Gifts That are Needed

    Gifts That are Needed

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    This year we are in need of different age ranges of gifts.  The gift list includes the following: Toys for Boys and Girls age 1-15 These toys will be delivered to the following places: Suburban Childrens Inc American Legion Greenlawn Post 1244 Suffolk County Coalition Against Domestic Violence The Retreat Tuesday’s Children Big Brothers Big Sisters Toys for Hope Cohen’s Childrens Center Lighthouse Mission Specific …

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    6th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting

    6th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting

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    This year’s 6th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting will be held December 4, 2016 at 4:30 p.m. sharp at the 9/11 Responders Remember Park located on Gibbs Pond Road and Smithtown Blvd.  Please email us at info@skisopenheart.com or call us at (631) 987-8847 for more info! We hope to see everyone there this year!!

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    Toy Donations Drop Off Locations

    Toy Donations Drop Off Locations

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    This year there are several toy drop off locations.  Remember, we don’t only need toys for the little children but gifts for the teenagers as well.  There will be another post on what is needed for the teenagers. Drop off Locations include the following: Ski’s Open Heart Foundation 262 Martha Avenue East Patchogue, NY 11772 Island Acoustics 518 Johnson Avenue Bohemia, NY 11716 Victorian Fence …

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    Thanksgiving Donation Drop Off Locations

    Thanksgiving Donation Drop Off Locations

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    This year with the help of our board members and volunteers, we will again be supplying Thanksgiving Dinners. We have confirmed the shelters that we will be bring Thanksgiving Holiday happiness to. We will be delivering full dinners to shelters in Riverhead, Bay Shore and Kings Park as well as a 9/11 Family.  In these shelters are the men and woman who have served our …

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    Up in The Air on Job Sites

    Up in The Air on Job Sites

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    More and more people are showing support for Ski’s Open Heart Foundation and its inspiration by taking pictures on their jobsites where they knew Mark loved being.  Contact us at http://www.skisopenheart.com/store/stickers/ if you would like to purchase a sticker in support of our mission!

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    Thanksgiving Dinners

    Thanksgiving Dinners

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    This year with the help of our board members and volunteers, we will again be supplying Thanksgiving Dinners. We have confirmed the shelters that we will be bring Thanksgiving Holiday happiness to. We will be delivering full dinners to shelters in Riverhead, Bay Shore and Kings Park as well as a 9/11 Family.  In these shelters are the men and woman who have served our …

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    2016 Holiday Donations

    2016 Holiday Donations

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    It’s that time of year again!  As you all my know or may not know, our inspiration passed away on December 17, 2011, five years ago this year so he is no longer able to continue the donations as he had for the past ten years.  In his place our members and the volunteers at our foundation will continue to do what he has done for many …

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    Our Services

      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.

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      Check Back Soon for Updated Events and be sure to check out our facebook page at
      www.facebook.com/SkisOpenHeartFoundation/

      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.

      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.