Children with serious illnesses and their families got into the Chanukahspirit this past Sunday at Chai Lifeline’s annual party for the holiday. Sponsored by Chemed Health, the street fair-themed event at The Art Factory in Patterson, NJ, drew more than 1,100 attendees.
“It has been a dark year for many of our more than 6,000 families,” said Chai Lifeline CEO Rabbi Simcha Scholar. “Chai Lifeline is here to shine a light in the darkness and give them hope and assistance so they can navigate their difficult journeys. Events like this remind our families that they are not alone, and that there is a community of supporters who are there for them.”
Families and friends connected as ahildren enjoyed an array of barbecue and fresh donuts, virtual reality competitions, cash booths, remote control racing, arts and crafts projects, and many more fun activities.
Yitzy Haber and Donny Weintraub of The Shnitzel Guys emceed the festivities, which also featured a concert from Moshe Tischler, as well as carnival jugglers and stilt walkers.
Following the party, families and children received their own Chanukah gifts, each tailored to their specific requests. More than 50,000 toys will be distributed to children and families around the world this Chanukah season as part of Chai Lifeline’s annual toy drive.
“The Chanukah party is a highlight of our family’s year,” said one Chai Lifeline mother, as she received a box full of gifts for her children. “The love and support we get from Chai Lifeline give us strength and keep us going throughout the year.” —JNS