July 2020 -- Tammuz-Av 5780,  Volume 26, Issue 7

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WJCS Toy Drive Brings Holiday Joy to Children

WJCS-Westchester Jewish Community Services, one of the largest not-for-profit human services organizations in Westchester County, has made it an annual tradition to host a toy drive—called Have a Heart for the Holidays Drive—to provide toys for young children and gift cards for older children who live in under-resourced communities.


In 2019,   WJCS helped 1,300 children in 19 programs throughout Westchester County celebrate the holidays. WJCS Program Directors were contacted by WJCS Director of Community Engagement and Government Relations Rebecca Sigman in early November, asking them to submit their requests for clients to be included in the drive. As always, it was specified that they only request donations for their neediest clients in order to best distribute donations.


Two hundred toys were donated from the Leffell Lower School (formerly Solomon Schechter School of Westchester). WJCS’s other community partners who were instrumental in helping to make the toy drive a success were: Cuddy & Feder, Westchester Reform Temple, Flames of Giving, Mercer | Sirota, Temple Beth Shalom, Congregation Emanu-El of Westchester, Temple Israel Center Nursery School and Woodlands Community Temple.


Four very generous luncheon hosts—Barbara Ehudin of Rye Brook, Carol Richards Mermey of New Rochelle, Linda Plattus of Scarsdale and Wendy Sandler of Mamaroneck, asked their friends to join in the spirit of giving and raised a combined $9,300 towards this drive.