Hanukkah gift bags were delivered to 293 Jewish clients and friends of Jewish Family Services this past week. This promised to be a very lonely and gloomy holiday because of Covid 19 rules.  With the help of many private donors and community agencies we were able to help light many Hanukkiahs, spin a few dreidels and feed latkes to some hungry people .

The gift bags were delivered to seniors at home or in residences, and families that would have been left out of  celebrations. The gift bags were offered to help remember holidays gone by and family members that were no longer around to share this happy season. We received many notes of appreciation and calls from thankful clients. The tears were mixed with both happy and sad memories as stories were shared of Hanukkah – gone – by. These gift bags were free to the recipients and we appreciate all the donations we received  to ensure that this service could occur.

Please let us know if you are aware of anyone else who would benefit from our next delivery!

“I can’t thank you enough for helping to make this Hanukkah happen for me. I was all alone and I felt so sorry for myself. Then there was a knock at the door and Hanukkah came alive right before my eyes.”

“You people at JFS just outdid yourself this year. There wasn’t anything left out of my Hanukkah gift bag.”

“My sister and I just finished a tearful conversation of my long lost sister and the recent passing of our dad. We shared all our heartbreaking Hanukkah woes and your bag of treats arrived and helped to cheer the moment.”