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November 17, 2017  RSS feed
Social Services

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Gulf Coast JFCS stocking free gifts in Hanukkah bazaar

A client looking at gifts at the Gulf Coast Hanukkah and Holiday Gift Bazaar in 2016. The agency is seeking donations for this year’s gift shop. A client looking at gifts at the Gulf Coast Hanukkah and Holiday Gift Bazaar in 2016. The agency is seeking donations for this year’s gift shop. Each year Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services decorates its conference room to house the Gulf Coast Hanukkah and Holiday Gift Bazaar. But unlike other shops, the gifts here are free to the agency’s clients who otherwise would be unable to experience the joy of giving gifts to their family and loved ones.

This year’s bazaar will open from Wednesday, Nov. 29 through Friday, Dec. 15.

“The feedback from shoppers has been overwhelmingly positive in past years. Everyone finds this to be a helpful way to bring a little Hanukkah and holiday miracle into their families’ lives. Families and individuals will be able to see and chose exactly what they like and need,” Gail Allen, Jewish Family Services Family Support coordinator said. “We hope to bring smiles to our clients.”

Gulf Coast is once again reaching out to the community for help stocking the Holiday Gift Bazaar with an assortment of gift items for all ages. This year’s most needed items include Judaica, new clothing and toys for children ages 3-12, teen gifts such as make-up, sports and crafts, underwear and socks for all ages and sizes, slippers, personal toiletries, kitchen items such as paper towels, toilet tissue and cleaning supplies and gift cards. Donations are sought from individuals as well as local synagogues and organizations.

The need is even greater this year due to Hurricane Irma that disrupted the lives of many families and seniors, some of whom are still dealing with the effects of being low on food and have homes in need of repair.

“JFS has been fortunate enough to have received a great nonperishable food supply thanks to the community coming together. We also have provided emergency assistance as well as resources to other agencies providing assistance,” Allen said.

Contact Allen at (727) 479-1806 or to drop off your donations or make an appointment to shop in the bazaar.

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