BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Verbatim Media Advisory) — Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services (JFS), through the assistance of over 100 volunteers distributed over 500 traditional Thanksgiving meals to over 300 households comprised of vulnerable JFS clients, many of whom are Holocaust survivors, and to residents and participants of JARC, an agency who assists people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
This effort took place in lieu of JFS’ Annual Thanksgiving Banquet, which for over 25 years was held Thanksgiving Day and fed over 700 people who would have otherwise been alone for the Holiday.
“Holidays in general can already be a trigger for many, especially those older adults with no family close by or no family at all to gather with,” stated Danielle Hartman, JFS President & CEO. “That’s why maintaining some sense of ‘normal’ is so important and appreciated by the community. While our community has certainly suffered from the ripple effects of COVID19, we can be grateful that agencies like JFS, have been working tirelessly throughout the pandemic, to continue to provide services, and in many cases significantly increase services, to the community at this time. This will also be the first time in our community history that we will not be having any programming on Thanksgiving day. We will use this time to reflect on the holiday, and our gratitude for living in such a wonderful and caring community.”
Etta Zimmerman, longtime Thanksgiving Banquet sponsor and underwriter of today’s event, along with her husband Raymond and Edith Stein stated, “My husband Raymond and I, along with Edith Stein, are proud to be involved with this annual tradition, granted, this year, in a very untraditional manner. Kudos to the JFS team for being able to figure out a way to safely bring the Thanksgiving holiday and its spirit to so many in our community through the assistance of dedicated volunteers. Although we can’t be together, we are sending along a little hug in the box” (containing meals, a gift card and holiday cards).
Robin Rubin, Event Co-Chair along with Amy Ross, added, “Today truly celebrates the value of community. Even though our annual Thanksgiving Banquet, a tradition for over 25 years, had to be cancelled, JFS was able to find a way to positively impact past banquet attendees, many of whom live alone. Thanks to the generosity of longtime Thanksgiving Banquet sponsors, Etta & Raymond Zimmerman and Edith Stein, and the dedication of over 100 volunteers, we were able to deliver a full Thanksgiving experience to so many.
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