Jewish children’s service group seeks volunteers to wrap Hanukkah gifts | Entertainment/Life
Volunteers are needed for the annual Gift Wrap-a-Thon for the Oscar J. Tolmas Hanukkah Gift program sponsored by Jewish Children’s Regional Service from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept 22, at the Jewish Community Center, 3747 West Esplanade Ave., in Metairie.
Gifts will be wrapped for 225 specific children from low-income families and special-needs adults who are known to the community center. All wrapping materials will be provided. Refreshments are served all day; pizza will be provided starting at noon, and the New Orleans Saints game against the Seattle Seahawks will be turned on at 3 p.m.
“This year, 225 Jewish children and state hospital residents will receive a package from JCRS that holds at least eight small, wrapped gifts, one for each night of Hanukkah,” said Ned Goldberg, executive director of JCRS, the oldest Jewish children’s agency in the United States. “We plan to wrap 1,500 to 2,000 small gifts and we could use at least 100 volunteers. Those receiving these gifts are known to JCRS and, typically, are from lower-income families that are already enrolled in one or more of the JCRS scholarship programs.
“Some recipients have been victims of flooding disasters that have hit the region in recent years. Some of the child recipients also have special needs as do all the Jewish adult state hospital residents who receive a package from JCRS. The gifts are wrapped now as the recipients live in all the seven states served by JCRS — Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas and Tennessee.”
Also, students needing community services hours will be provided with a certificate indicating each student’s participation.