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Chai Lifeline Hanukkah party gives joy to children with serious illness

“Events like this remind our families that they are not alone, and that there is a community of supporters who are there for them,” said Chai Lifeline CEO Rabbi Simcha Scholar.

The Chai Lifeline Hanukkah party. Credit: Chai Lifeline.
The Chai Lifeline Hanukkah party. Credit: Chai Lifeline.

Children with serious illnesses and their families got into the Hanukkah spirit this past Sunday at Chai Lifeline’s annual party for the holiday. Sponsored by Chemed Health, the street fair-themed event at The Art Factory in Patterson, N.J., drew more than 1,100 attendees.

“It has been a dark year for many of our more than 6,000 families,” said Chai Lifeline CEO Rabbi Simcha Scholar. “Chai Lifeline is here to shine a light in the darkness and give them hope and assistance so they can navigate their difficult journeys. Events like this remind our families that they are not alone, and that there is a community of supporters who are there for them.”

Participants of all ages enjoyed a fun night out to connect with other families and friends, filled with games, prizes and food. Children enjoyed an array of barbecue and fresh donuts, virtual reality competitions, cash booths, remote control racing, arts and crafts projects, and many more fun activities.

Yitzy Haber and Donny Weintraub of The Shnitzel Guys emceed the festivities, which also featured a concert from Moshe Tischler, as well as carnival jugglers and stilt walkers.

Following the party, families and children received their own Hanukkah gifts—each tailored to their specific requests. More than 50,000 toys will be distributed to children and families around the world this Hanukkah season as part of Chai Lifeline’s annual toy drive.

“The Chanukah party is a highlight of our family’s year,” said one Chai Lifeline mother, as she received a box full of gifts for her children. “The love and support we get from Chai Lifeline give us strength and keep us going throughout the year.”

Chai Lifeline is a leading international children’s health support network, which provides critical support to children with life-threatening and lifelong illnesses and their families. Hanukkah parties will take place across Chai Lifeline’s various U.S. and international regions.

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