Local kids give back during the giving season

JCC Greenwich kids hold their finished soup jars ready for the Kosher Food Pantry in Stamford.

JCC Greenwich kids hold their finished soup jars ready for the Kosher Food Pantry in Stamford.

This Thanksgiving, children from Greenwich and Stamford worked together across communities to create Thanksgiving food baskets for people experiencing financial difficulties.

Greenwich kids in kindergarten to second grade got out their measuring spoons to create rainbow bean soup jars as part of the Sunday Funday program at JCC Greenwich.

The jars were donated to the Kosher Food Pantry at Jewish Family Service in Stamford and were subsequently organized into Thanksgiving food baskets by third to sixth graders from Chai 5 Chessed Club of Chabad House Stamford.

Leah Schechter, assistant director of JCC Greenwich, said, “It is a wonderful thing to be a part of helping our kids learn that even though they are young, they can make an incredible difference in the lives of others.”

Co-Director of Chabad of Stamford, Leah Shemtov said, “Our Mitzvah Club collected food and then partnered with JFS to prepare the Thanksgiving bags.

“What a fun surprise to find one of the items being put in, had been prepared by another kids group! We truly felt like a community coming together from all sides to do good for others,” Shemtov added.

Both the Sunday Funday program at JCC Greenwich and the Chai 5 Mitzvah Club at Chabad of Stamford meet monthly to provide hands on experiential learning programs infused with the values of giving and doing for others.

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