Yom Tov Without Tomchei Shabbos? Virtually Impossible

dsc_3391By: L. Halevi. For many people in our wonderful city of Lakewood, putting bread on the table each and every day is a challenge. Providing for their families for Shabbos is a daunting task. When it comes to Yom Tov, like Sukkos and Pesach, the situation is exacerbated to the point of being virtually impossible.

Yes, you read that right: Virtually impossible.

The additional bills that come along with a Yom Tov- the clothing for the family, the food for the many Seudos, the Arba Minim, the nosh for the kids and the list goes on! – literally squeeze the joy out of Yom Tov for hundreds of local families, and make this time of year into a dark, scary period.

These families – our friends, neighbors and relatives – are living on very meager Kollel incomes as it is, and barely manage all year-round, and with all their combined incomes, assistance and bonuses, still find themselves very much lacking for basic necessities.

So how do they manage to make Yom Tov? How do they manage to instill their families with the Simchas Yom Tov that every Jewish family deserves? How do they achieve the impossible?

The answer is Tomchei Shabbos.

Yes, the remarkable organization, which is really just a messenger of the community at large, goes into high gear during the Yomim Tovim, and provides hundreds of dollars’ worth of food supplies to over 500 local families in need. Cases of chicken, cases of grape juice, cases of tuna fish, cases of fruits and vegetables, just to name a few of the items, are packaged by scores of volunteers and discreetly delivered by more volunteers to the homes of the families that need them most.

These deliveries aren’t just food deliveries; they are literally a deliverance from gloom. These packages don’t just provide physical nourishment; they provide spiritual and emotional nourishment that lasts way beyond the Yom Tov itself. Wives are able to enter Yom Tov with dignity; children are able to enjoy Yom Tov with pride; husbands are able to retain their self-respect, all thanks to the community going the extra mile to help Tomchei Shabbos help them.

As you prepare for your own Simchas Yom Tov, take a moment to reflect upon those around you. By doing your part to allow these families to experience Simchas Yom Tov properly, not only will you enhance their Simcha, you will exponentially increase your own Simchas Yom Tov in a most meaningful and eternally rewarding way.

Tomchei Shabbos of Lakewood: By the Lakewood community, For the Lakewood community. Do your part today and be a partner in the incomparable Zechuyos that Tomchei Shabbos offers you and your family.

To donate click here, or call 732-276-9142

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  1. Tomchei Shabbos is truly an amazing organization! There are no words to describe what goes on there. As an active volunteer i see first hand how they literally save peoples’s simchos yom tov!

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