Did you know there are at least 17 holidays celebrated during this season, by groups ranging from Jewish and Christian to Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, Hispanic, Scandinavian, German, African American and even Zoroastrian?
Although December is filled with holidays and celebrations for so many, for some in our community, like 84-year-old Hanna, this season is one of loneliness and sadness. Hanna is a Holocaust survivor. Like so many of the Holocaust survivors we serve, her only source of income is her social security, which covers her most basic needs: rent, food and a few essentials.
Our Embrace-A-Family holiday program is about bringing light into the lives of those who need it the most. People like Hannah.
Lucy, our Senior Care Manager for Holocaust Services works with Hanna to ensure she receives the critical home care services she needs. Last year, she knew Hanna needed fresh bath towels to replace her old thread-bare ones, and a toaster oven, but she could not afford these items.
Through the community’s generosity to our Embrace-A-Family program, Hanna received the new bath towels, toaster oven and a tea kettle. These items that many of us take for granted helped Hanna make simple meals for herself, enjoy a hot cup of tea and have a warm towel to dry with after bathing.
You can help bring light to people like Hannah who face challenges, especially during the dark winter months.
Your generosity will ease holiday stress for individuals, families, older adults and refugees who would otherwise go without gifts this time of year.
Wishes come in various price ranges for all ages and include toys, personal items, housewares and gift cards. Find the wish that speaks to you and fulfill it today!
All Saints Episcopal Church
Congregation Beth David
Congregation Beth Jacob (including Hazak and Ladies Who Lunch)
Congregation Shir Hadash
Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy LLP
Jewish Silicon Valley (APJCC and APJCC Preschool)
Temple Beth Torah
The Villages Jewish Group
Yavneh Day School
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
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