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Chabad North Orlando holds Toy Drive with Sheriff's Office

 

December 4, 2020

Three of the Majesky girls (l-r) Shterna, Chaya and Batsheva helping with the Toy Drive.

When the Torah tells us about the Jewish holidays, it reminds us that while we are celebrating our blessings, we must remember the less fortunate "you shall rejoice before the Lord, your God, you, and your son, and your daughter, and your manservant, and your maidservant, and the Levite who is within your cities, and the stranger, and the orphan, and the widow." (Deuteronomy 16:11). 

In that spirit and following the success of the Thanksgiving drive, Chabad of North Orlando is partnering with the Seminole County Sheriff's Office to collect toys for children in foster care as well as those who have faced abuse or neglect.  

"Toys and gifts may not be a necessity like food but the love that is felt when receiving these gifts, certainly is a human necessity and especially for children who may have not be lucky to have a warm and loving home," explained Rabbi Yanky Majesky of Chabad, who is also a chaplain for the Sheriff's office.  "In the merit of us giving even luxuries to others, I'm sure Hashem will bless us with not only what we need, but with all the "extras" we wish to have in our lives."

The deadline to donate is Dec. 13, 2020, and donations can be brought any time to Nate's Shul in Longwood, 1701 Markham Woods Rd. or shipped directly via Amazon or the like to the Rabbi's home, 1695 Glen Ethel Lan,e Longwood, FL 32779 ( Please include a note of who is the donor). Please do not send used toys. 

"These gifts are not only for little children but for all kids through high school," explained Chanshy Majesky of Chabad "We were impressed with the sensitivity of the Sheriff's office thinking about all of these kids since most toy drives tend to be for little kids, and teens and preteens certainly need this love as well."

Toys for all ages are very much appreciated but the least donated gifts and therefore the greatest need is for the older children.  Here's a list of suggested toys for older children: 

• Graphic hoody sweatshirts in size L and XL

• Fishing equipment

• Sporting equipment

• Watches

• Jewelry

• Instant cameras

• Pocket Bluetooth cameras

• Bed in a bags

• Skateboards

• Activity trackers

• Stainless water bottles and cups

• Neon lights/LED lights

• Wireless Bluetooth karaoke Microphone

• Portable chargers.

 

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