Resources

Are you a family of a child with special or medical needs? Do you know someone who is? Then this is the must have resource guide for grants for medical equipment such as wheelchairs or adaptive bikes, grants to help with medical costs, wish organizations and other ways you can brighten up your child’s day.

Our resource list includes organizations that serve larger areas or are nationwide:

Also ask your local children’s hospital or your physician about any local organizations that may also be able to help you. Raising a child with medical needs is expensive and insurance does not cover all costs.

If you have additional organizations you think should be listed on our resources page, please email your info to us at jhh@jackshelpinghand.org.

Free Gifts and Services

Free Places to Go

  • Seats of Dreams - provides free tickets to events to children with medical conditions
  • Dream Night - ask your local Zoo if they participate in this wonderful program reserved only for medical/special needs families
  • Surf Dreams Foundation - currently various cities on the east coast, helping children experience surfing for the first time
  • Give Kids the World - a popular wish organization destination, see database for participating organizations
  • Buckmaster’s Life Hunts - provides a hunting experience for a child with critical illness or severe disability
  • Camp Sunshine - a retreat for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families
  • Catch-A-Dream - once in a lifetime hunting and fishing experiences for children with life-threatening illnesses
  • Hunt of a Lifetime - hunting and wishing dreams for children with life-threatening illnesses
  • Outdoor Dream Foundation - outdoor adventures for children with terminal or life-threatening illnesses
  • Ride A Wave - a special day at the beach for children with special needs
  • United Special Sportsmen Alliance - sends critically ill and terminally ill youth and disabled veterans on outdoor adventures
  • Epilepsy Foundation - Texas - free summer camps for children with epilepsy
  • Amputee Coalition - free summer camp for children with limb differences in Ohio
  • Amputee Coalition - free summer camp for children with limb differences in Ohio
  • Connecticut Burns Foundation - free summer camp for children with life altering burn injuries
  • Paul Newman Camps - Double H Ranch (and many more) are all free to campers
  • Paul Newman Camps - The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp (and many more) are all free to campers
  • Paul Newman Camps - Camp Boggy Creek (and many more) are all free to campers
  • Camp Mak-A-Dream - offers cost free programs to children, teens, young adults and women with cancer
  • Deliver the Dream - free family retreats in Florida. Each weekend is for a different medical condition
  • Lighthouse Family Retreat - free family retreat to reconnect as a family after cancer treatments
  • National Parks and Federal Recreational Land - access pass, free admission to all sites and discounts on amenities
  • The Center for Courageous Kids - free summer camps and family respite weekends
  • David’s Refuge - provides a place of respite for parents and guardians of children with special needs or life threatening medical conditions where they will be refreshed, restored, and renewed in their role as caregivers
  • Seats of Dreams - provides free tickets to events to children with medical conditions
  • Believe in Tomorrow - provides hands on adventures for critically ill children
  • Do It For The Love - free tickets to live concerts to individuals with life threatening illnesses
  • Best Day Foundation - provides adventure activities for children with special needs
  • Hope Kids - provides activities, events and support for kids with cancer and other life threatening activities
  • Blue Skies - provides a relaxing beach vacation for families affected by childhood cancer

Medical Equipment/Medical Assistance

Wish Organizations

These organization will grant a wish to a child with a life threatening or sometimes chronic health condition. Note that each organization has their own criteria for referring a child and a specific geographical area they serve.

Grants - Helpful Tips

  • - Read the criteria and requirements carefully. That way you are not wasting your time filling out applications, and the non-profit can focus on the people for whom they have set up their program.
  • - Before applying, speak with your child’s physician or therapist to see if a particular equipment would be helpful or if there might be a better choice.
  • - If you are chosen for a grant, follow up with a thank you letter and pictures. Many non-profits depend on these updates to share with their donors so that other children can be served.
  • - Don’t give up. If you are not chosen for a grant, check out local lending closets, ask around in local mom groups, or set up a personal fundraiser. We all need a little help sometimes.