Over £15,000 worth of toys bring light to kids for Chanukah01/12/20
GIFT is distributing over £15,000 worth of toys & presents across London, Manchester and Jerusalem in the run up to Chanukah, with the help of partner organisation Camp Simcha, Barmitzva boy Benjamin Goldblatt’s toy collection, grandparents Evelyne & Geoff Wynne and other generous donors.
GIFT volunteers this week were delighted to be able to hand pick toys from Camp Simcha’s Toy Drive for the hundreds of children GIFT support each week with food staples, tutoring and after school help.
Daniel Gillis noted “Camp Simcha are delighted to have partnered with GIFT on our annual Toy Drive Campaign this year enabling children with serious illness at home and in hospital to receive gifts as well as those GIFT support in the community. The response from the community was very generous and we appreciate those people who donated toys".
Manchester Barmitzva boy Benjamin Goldblatt chose to celebrate his milestone by doing a Chanukah toy collection through GIFT and inspirational grandparents Evelyne & Geoff Wynne spent a few days with their grandchildren shopping for toys and wrapping them for GIFT families. This year they luckily got the shopping done before lockdown. Evelyne explains “Initially it was to teach our grandchildren that not all children are as fortunate as them and it’s a mitzva to help others. Each year now they are excited to go toy shopping, not for themselves but for children unknown to them. They put a lot of love and thought into choosing appropriate gifts. In their own words ‘to make other children happy’.
GIFT educators also ran hands-on programs for over 1,500 pupils in 15 schools in England and Israel in the run up to Chanukah, making over a 1,100 personalised ‘Cards with Care‘ for care home residents, decorating sevivonim and electric menorahs for Jewish Care and Langdon service users, prison chaplaincy, Kisharon and hospitals patients.
GIFT Israel educator Hannah Cohn has also produced a wonderful 28 page children’s Chanukah activity booklet focused on kindness and giving, full of riddles, games, fun & learning. To order your book, go to www.Jgift.org/shop or for school or shul bulk orders contact firstname.lastname@example.org