By Jill Fox
Parkland preschoolers are making a distinction this Chanukkah by donating to youngsters in want.
College students on the Phylis J. Green Early Childhood Center at Congregation Kol Tikvah used their tzedakah (Hebrew for charity) cash to buy gadgets for youngsters at Jewish Adoption and Family Care Options — or JAFCO.
By means of their beneficiant donations, every of the 45 pre-Okay college students helped fulfill the needs of the JAFCO youngsters.
ECC Director Sydney Berlin stated the college tries to choose two or three organizations to donate their tzedakah to throughout the college yr and selected youngsters’s charities as a result of it was significant for the children.
Sometimes JAFCO offers paper Stars of David embellished with youngsters’s needs; nevertheless, this yr was barely totally different.
The pre-Okay lecturers spoke with the scholars about less-fortunate youngsters who don’t have Chanukkah presents to open. Then the employees picked out a number of gadgets within the applicable worth vary from an Amazon Wishlist, and college students selected which of them they wished to purchase.
“This yr, we wished to create a significant hands-on expertise for the children, and that’s why we did it otherwise,” stated Berlin.
The scholars picked the gadgets, watched them arrive, and wrapped about 15 items for youngsters in want.
“The scholars completely beloved it,” she stated. “They’d by no means actually wrapped presents earlier than, so it was very rewarding.”
In keeping with JAFCO consultant Debbie Nyman, with the JAFCO Jewish Children’s Village, the dimensions and the mass will get larger and greater each Chanukkah.
“The depth of the donations has actually taken off as a result of now we assist so many households in several communities,” she stated.
JAFCO’s Chanukkah present drive serves over 1,000 youngsters whose households don’t have the sources to supply items.
Nyman stated the group outpouring was simply phenomenal. “Everybody actually stepped up, and we’re very appreciative.”
To donate to JAFCO, go to jafco.org.
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- Jill Fox is an Emmy Award-winning author and producer. She has labored on the general public relations facet in addition to the tv facet of selling for NBC Common. A real Floridian, Fox grew up in Ormond Seaside and earned her Bachelor’s Diploma in Economics and Promoting from the College of Miami. Throughout school, Fox loved working at Walt Disney World. She loves dwelling in Parkland together with her husband, Brian and their two youngsters, Madden, 10 and Randi, 7.