This time of year we often get caught up buying costumes, packaging our Mishloach Manot, and preparing our beautiful Purim meals, and rightfully so. Purim is a joyous holiday that requires tons of preparation, but this past Wednesday night students of SKA, DRS, and HAFTR came together under Philanthropy For The Future and Heart to Heart to create more than 75 Purim packages for sick children in LIJ’s Cohen’s Medical Center.
The event, which took place at the Woodmere Community Enrichment Center, hosted over 25 volunteers, packing the center to its capacity. Throughout the night volunteers were treated to fresh popcorn and refreshments as they assembled more than 75 packages. These packages are sure to enliven the children in the hospital with exciting toys, stuffed animals, candy, and beautiful cards that our volunteers not only made but really poured their love and hearts into.
“The event’s turnout was nothing short of incredible,” pointed out Heart to Heart founder, Devorah Adler. Shoshana Kaminetsky, who volunteered at the event, excitedly proclaimed, "The amount of people who showed up was really amazing. It was incredible to see how much we could accomplish, while still having a great time, when everyone worked together.”
Other volunteers like Gabriella Fadlun really appreciated that so many teenagers were willing to come together on a school night and really give back to the community at such a special time in the Jewish year. Following such a successful event, Philanthropy For The Future and Heart to Heart would like to wish a special thank you to Ann Schockett for making the community center available to us as well as the sponsors of our event TD Bank and Oh Nuts.
Yaakov Hawk, is the president of Philanthropy For The Future and a junior at DRS. You can follow him on Twitter @IanYHawk
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