Giving Back

Posted December 9th, 2014 | Basic Post Share
Chai Lifeline

This time of year I find myself at first saying I am not going to buy anything for anyone because it is too much of a stress. But then as the hundreds of emails come in for gift ideas I start to peak at them and then all of a sudden I am getting deliveries every day! It’s a time of year for family, eating, love and giving.

Recently my friend and a mommy featured here, Lila sent out a message to all my friends, including myself if we wanted to get involved in a Jewish organization called Chai Lifeline. Chai Lifeline believes that seriously ill children need and deserve a happy and normal childhood as possible. Chai Lifeline strives to

  • Find ways to bring joy to the lives of our young patients and their families through creative, innovative, and effective family-centered programs, activities, and services;
  • Engender hope and optimism in children, families, and communities;
  • Educate and involve communities in caring for ill children and their families;
  • Provide unparalleled support throughout the child’s illness, recovery, and beyond;
  • Offer all services free of charge to ensure that every family has access to the programs it needs;
  • Embody the ideals of compassion, kindness, and caring for others inherent in Jewish culture and life.

This year I took part in Chanukah Angels. Chanukah Angels matches you with a child and their Chanukah Wish list. You get to read the child’s story and learn about them. I was given a child who’s sibling was diagnosed with cancer and she spent most of her time caring for her family and helping her mom with all her siblings. It was my pleasure to buy her, her wish list. I love the idea of giving back and actually knowing who you are giving to. I wish I could see her receiving her gifts!

Everyone at Chai Lifeline were soooo sweet. I emailed them a question and they wrote me back right away! Also when I went to drop off my gifts they came out and helped me carry everything. Even though Chanukah is fast approaching they can always use your help so please reach out to them to see how you can give back to the Jewish Community.