Hanukkah in July: JCRS Asks Families in Need of Holiday Gifts to Reach Out Now
By Ned Goldberg
For more than 20 years, the Jewish Children’s Regional Service has provided Hanukkah gifts to Jewish children and youth in the Mid-South whose families face economic need. The program annually assists more than 300 Jewish youth and institutionalized Jewish adults. Thousands of small gifts are shipped to families with children. JCRS also provides children from Jewish families with the greatest need with Hanukkah department store gift cards if they apply by July 15.
In order for any child to receive maximum gift consideration, including gift cards, for Hanukkah 2019, JCRS must receive the electronically submitted application by July 15. Parents must go the JCRS website at jcrs.org and under the headline of programs apply to the Oscar J. Tolmas Hanukkah Gift Program. Parents who submit an electronic application after July 15 should not assume that their children will receive gift cards from JCRS.
Each child in the program receives at least eight small gifts, one for each night of Hanukkah. Parents who register can easily indicate a child’s interests on the application form. Since thousands of gifts must be secured, sorted, wrapped and shipped, it is imperative that families register early for maximum consideration.
For help with the application or to learn more about the program, as a potential applicant or donor, contact the Jewish Children’s Regional Service at 1-800-729-5277; JCRS, PO Box 7368, Metairie, LA 70010 -7368; or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Founded in 1855, the Jewish Children’s Regional Service is the oldest Jewish children’s agency in the United States. In 2018, more than 1,700 Jewish youth from Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas were served in various programs. ■