This Pesach, GIFT has sent out over £20,000 worth of support – to an unprecedented number of households – including dry Pesach items, wine/grape juice, cooked meals, Seder plates and financial support.
GIFT’s pre-Pesach Chametz collections took place in venues across North West London & Manchester generating an incredible £10,000 of food which will be distributed after Pesach. A Thank GIFT It’s Sunday (TGIS) Pesach food parcel packing session took place getting young families to engage in giving before Pesach. GIFT would like to thank the hundreds of people who dropped off Chametz food donations, as well as the volunteers who helped sort and pack food parcels.
The organisation also launched a Chametz Truck initiative, with entertainment by a balloon modeler and by young GIFT volunteer, singer Rafi Sanford at every stop throughout Golders Green, Hendon and Edgware, where givers from the community showed up at specific times to donate their unopened chametz. Attendees were also given tulips and Pesach greeting cards to pass onto vulnerable individuals.
GIFT’s education team created educational resources for the seder; Pesach cards, colouring sheets and a Youtube playlist with a variety of entertaining Pesach videos, available online at jgift.org/pesach.
Secondary school students across London have packed bedikah chametz and crockery packs; NWLJDS organised a Pesach food collection for GIFT recipients.
In Manchester, GIFT sessions included making Kosher for Pesach soup packs for GIFT recipients with 65 Year 7 students and 50 Whitefield shul attendees. GIFT by Feast volunteers prepared extra fresh Shabbat meals to cover families’ needs until Pesach.
Last month, GIFT collected and sent out 24 tonnes of vital Pesach supplies as well as year-round items to Lviv. The charity was delighted to hear from an extremely grateful Rabbi & Rebbetzin Bald of Lviv, Ukraine, that the lorry had arrived with all the Pesach food just in time for Pesach.