Pesach is a time of joy and celebration for many families, but for those impacted by illness, trauma, or loss it can be a difficult and challenging time. Fortunately, Chai Lifeline is there to offer support and make Yom Tov a little bit easier for families in need. From family programming and financial assistance to meal deliveries and car cleanings, Chai Lifeline regions across the country helped alleviate stress and elevate the holiday for thousands of families.
Pre-Pesach activities, designed to keep children entertained and provide services to families, like haircuts, and car and house cleanings, were offered across Chai Lifeline’s regions in New York, New Jersey, West Coast, Southeast, Midwest, and the Mid-Atlantic. “Seder in a Box” and Pesach meals were delivered to hospitals and homes. Financial assistance, through the Evan Levy z”l Fund, and Afikomen gift cards brought relief to families and smiles to children’s faces.
One parent noted that Chai Lifeline’s “support means so much to us during this challenging time. Your gift has lifted a great burden off our shoulders and will go a long way in helping us focus on our son’s recovery without worrying about the financial strain.”
Rabbi Mordechai Gobioff, MSW, National Director of Client Services, said that “the focus of Chai Lifeline during the busy Yom Tov season is to make sure every Chai Lifeline family can sit down to the Seder with a sense of menucha through the various support services, programs, and individualized assistance.” That support continued over Chol HaMoed with a special outing for New York area families at Sportime USA, giving parents a chance to relax as their children bounced, jumped, and connected with peers.
One parent from Maryland shared how “All these programs and services are tremendously helpful, and they make a huge difference in our lives. We could not imagine what Pesach – and all that it requires- would be like without Chai Lifeline supporting us along the way. Thank you so much!”
Chai Lifeline is an international support network, providing social, emotional, and practical assistance to children, families, and communities impacted by medical crises and trauma through a variety of year-round programs and services. Learn more at www.chailifeline.org