Who says boys don’t like shopping?
On Thursday, November 30, thirty-one students from Arie Crown Hebrew Day School and their rabbeim, Rabbi Yosef Cohen and Rabbi Shloime Neuberger, converged on the toy aisles of Toys R Us in Niles, IL, for a shopping spree for Chai Lifeline Midwest’s children.
Chai Lifeline Midwest provides emotional, social and financial assistance to seriously ill children and their families to enable them to cope with the crises and challenges of living with pediatric illness. The shopping trip is the culmination of the boys’ fundraising drive for the Leon Korol Chai Lifeline Toy Drive. The annual activity is held the weeks before Chanukah to assure that sick children and their siblings can participate in the fun of Chanukah presents.
This year’s drive raised $5,000+, and the boys were thrilled to be able to buy toys for their sick peers. Each boy was given a dollar amount to spend, and with calculators in hand, they went down aisle after aisle searching for just the right items.
“Who better than a child to know what a child wants?” said Rabbi Shlomo Crandall, regional director of Chai Lifeline Midwest, who was there to cheer on the students and thank them for their generosity.
“We’re really grateful to Arie Crown students and their teachers for making sure that children with cancer and other life-threatening or chronic illnesses and their siblings will have a happy Chanukah.”