Chabad’s annual toy drive underway

Building on the success of previous years, the Rohr Chabad Center for Jewish Student Life at BU, along with the SDT sorority, is once again running a holiday toy drive dubbed “Light up a Life.” New toys of all kinds are being collected and will be distributed to children suffering with cancer through Chai Life Line, a New York-based organization that provides services to cancer stricken children and their families. Community members interested in participating in the drive can do so by dropping toys in the bin located in the Chabad Center lobby (only new toys in original packaging will be accepted) or by making a contribution earmarked toward this project (checks should be mailed to Chabad Center, 420 Murray Hill Rd., Vestal, NY 13850). Contributions can also be made online through the secure site set up for this purpose here.

“Social justice and charity are an integral aspect of the Chabad dynamic on campus,” explained Goldie Ohana, director of programming and engagement. “Each year, in conjunction with Chanukah, Chabad holds a charity drive, thus twinning this holiday of light and joy with our need to remain sensitive to those who have less in their own lives. This is a practical way in which our students can make a big difference.”

The campaign will culminate with a Chanukah Bash at Binghamton University featuring a display of all toys collected throughout the drive, to be held on Monday, December 6, at 6 pm. The celebration will include dreidels, gelt, a performance by the Crosbys and other holiday treats. The community is invited to attend; reservations are not required.

“The best part of the Chanukah Bash will be seeing a display of all the toys we collected, which represents so much joy we will be bringing these kids. I am so honored and happy to be involved in this,” said Danielle Ganchrow, who together with Maya Hoff and Chaviva Liss is chairing the Toy Drive. The project is being co-sponsored by Greek groups, professional fraternities and various clubs on campus.