As you have been reading in our Journal articles, as we approach the holiday of Chanukah, we have been continuing to talk about the sense of “sacredness” that we began at Rosh Hashanah and now turn our focus to the sacredness of light – a central theme of Chanukah.
With each holiday, we also try to emphasize a value and bring in tzedakah project when we can. For Chanukah we learn B’tzelem Elohim. We are all created in the image of God. With that in mind, we are helping a family, who are much like us, but need some help at this time.
Kim Rainey (Zoe Collette; Aravot) and Marcie Axelrod (Jordan; Aravot) have coordinated with “A Wider Circle” and are thrilled to share that we have been given the name of the family we will sponsor this holiday season. It is a mother, father and two girls (ages 6 and 8). Kim had the chance to speak with the mother today and shared that the family is SO gracious for this support. Natasha (mom) is actually recovering from a third surgery and is currently on bed rest. The list that the family completed for A Wider Circle only had a few very basic items. When Kim spoke with Natasha, she was able to encourage her to add additional “fun” gifts that the girls would really enjoy such as craft kits, books, educational games and family games they can enjoy together. Kim has created a sign-up for gifts which she will hang in the hallway outside of Madeline’s office.
Gifts should be wrapped and tagged with the name of the recipient. You can start bringing in gifts whenever you like and line them up along the hallway . Seeing the gifts pile up is part of what makes this such a wonderful experience for our children. In order to save the family the trouble of finding a way to pick up the items from A Wider Circle and allow additional time for all those who want to participate, Kim and I will deliver the the gifts to the family directly. Please bring them in by the morning of Dec 21. If you choose to purchase gift cards, please give them to Madeline or Gary directly so they don’t get misplaced.