Women’s League for Chabad is currently accepting orders for its annual shalach manot service. Binghamton residents can send packages of food and holiday greetings to local friends and acquaintances on Purim day, which will be celebrated this year on Thursday, March 17. “It’s Purim made easy,” says Ilene Pinsker, project chairwoman. “It’s a stress-free, very reasonably priced way to fulfill the mitzvah of mishloach manot, sending gifts of food on Purim, and a wonderful way to show your friendship and care. We do all the work for you, and your friends get fabulous packages from you!”
The Women’s League is offering a new way for people to perform the mitzvah. Each person on the suggested list (more than 200 names) will receive a Purim package from the Women’s League. For $180, people can choose to have their name appear as a sender on each package. Additional packages can still be sent to those not on the list for $6 each. For $20, the Women’s League will send three packages to people who live in Binghamton, Vestal, Johnson City, Endicott and Endwell; additional packages are $6 each.
For individuals who want to say “Happy Purim” to their friends outside of the community, the Women’s League offers Purim greeting cards that can be sent anywhere in the continental U.S. for a charge of $4. “In the last few years, many of our friends have moved from the Binghamton area. We have listed many of them so you can be reminded of who you might want to send a card,” explained Pinsker.
Anyone who has not received a complete information packet and order form, or is seeking additional details should call the Chabad Center office at 797-0015. All orders must be received by no later than Thursday, March 3.
The Women’s League is also in need of volunteers to assist in assembling the packages and their delivery on Purim day. Anyone willing to help with the project is asked to contact the Chabad office.