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JCRS conducting Chanukah gifts campaign

The Jewish Children’s Regional Service (JCRS) will be providing Chanukah gifts to Jewish youth from families who are experiencing financial difficulties in seven state area. The states are Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas.

A JCRS volunteer joins over 100 of her friends in the annual gift wrapping event for Chanukah. (Photo courtesy JCRS)

Each child or youth receives eight small gifts: one for each night of Chanukah. Gifts are selected, and assigned to applicants as early as June. Families indicate on the gift application their children’s general interests.

The COVID crisis has impacted the Hanukkah Gift Program for the past year. Until the COVID crisis completely subsides and JCRS can resume its annual, volunteer-driven, fall community-wide, Greater New Orleans gift wrapping event, all gifts will be shipped to families unwrapped.

Since Chanukah begins this year on November 28, and the gifts will be shipped in early November. 

Applicants can apply by finding the link to the application on the JCRS website, under the Oscar J. Tolmas Hanukkah Gift Program: . A direct link is here.

For Hanukkah 2020, the Oscar J. Tolmas Hanukkah Gift Program provided gift sets to 250 Jewish youth and 25 adults in specialized care and/or state hospitals. Thousands of gifts were purchased, sorted, and shipped to children, youth and institutionalized adults. Many families also received department store gift cards, in addition to gifts.

There is not a financial means test to qualify for gifts , and the online application is not lengthy, but the brief application must be filled out for each child in order to establish age and gift interests, as well as the best family contact information.

To donate, contact . The agency website: also carries details about all JCRS programs. The JCRS office headquarters is located at 3500 North Causeway Blvd, #1120, Metairie, LA 70002. The phone number is 1-800-729-5277. The agency email is .


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