Chai Lifeline distributes 50,000 Hanukkah toys to critically ill children and siblings
(November 28, 2021 / JNS) Chai Lifeline will be distributing more than 50,000 gifts to sick children and their families across the United States and the world this Hanukkah season.
The organization, a leading international children’s health support network that provides social, emotional and financial assistance to children with life-threatening and lifelong illnesses, strives to personalize every Christmas gift. Choices are made based on specific parameters considered by the training organizers, including age and specific tastes, abilities and hobbies.
“The past year has been dark and difficult for so many families, especially those who have additional difficulties caring for a critically ill child,” said Rabbi Simcha Scholar, CEO of Chai Lifeline. “Our volunteers and donors are dedicated to bringing light and happiness back into the lives of these children and their siblings, and Chai Lifeline is honored to be a part of their Chanukah joy.”
Donors who support the effort can purchase a gift from an Amazon Chai Lifeline Wish List and have the item delivered directly to the central packaging warehouse in Brooklyn, NY, where volunteers organize, package, label and deliver the items. gifts from each family. Recognizing the broad reach of Chai Lifeline, Amazon named the organization as one of its top performing charities of the week.
Donors can also choose to “adopt a family” and purchase suggested holiday gifts for that family anonymously. Local schools, synagogues and community organizations also organize toy drives and drop-off points for gift giving, promoting donation to community members of all ages.
“Seeing the overwhelming response from locals and around the world to help make the wishes of these special children come true is truly beyond words,” said Chani Traube, volunteer coordinator for the annual Honey Engel toy drive at Chai Lifeline. . “The thank you notes and photos of the smiling children make all the hard work and hours spent on this experience so rewarding.”
To learn more or to donate, visit: www.chailifeline.org.