Volunteers make holidays bright for families in need...


The gift-giving holidays are more pleasant for 36 families who struggle to pay for basic day-to-day needs thanks to the generosity of the 2011 Jewish Family Service Snowflake and Dreidel Gift project.


“In this past year, over 200 people have relied on Jewish Family Service for emergency financial assistance to pay for medicine, food, or utilities to keep the lights and heat on in their homes. Many of these are parents who find buying presents for their children during the gift-giving holidays is a luxury they cannot afford,” says Jewish Family Service Executive Director Beth Schwartz.


The Jewish Family Service Snowflake and Dreidel Gift project let parents who are struggling financially recommend specific presents their children need and want. Gift suggestions included a new pair of pajamas, jeans to fit a growing 10-year-old, art supplies, and boots to play in the snow. Each child received multiple presents.


To maintain confidentiality, no family names were revealed and Jewish Family Service staff distributed the gifts.


“Through the kindness and generosity of the Jewish Family Service staff and friends who purchased and donated the preferred items, 94 children ages newborn to teens are able to enjoy the holidays as children should be able to do,” says Schwartz.


In addition to individual donors, the staff at The Jewish Hospital, the Mayerson JCC early childhood school PTO, and Celebrate Adoption support group helped make this project a success.