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The Caring Committee of Shirat Hayam Hosts ‘Fill a Handbag’ and Food Drive

Donations benefit Jewish Family Service.

Margate, NJ — As many businesses and organizations strive to develop creative ways to fundraise in the current environment, The Caring Committee of Shirat Hayam in Ventnor initiated ‘Fill a Handbag’ and Food Drive campaigns to support Jewish Family Service of Atlantic & Cape May Counties (JFS).

“At JFS, we are grateful for every donation offered to our agency. In addition to the much-needed food The Caring Committee is donating, the uniqueness of their ‘fill a handbag’ program will allow JFS to offer clients cosmetics and toiletries as well as an accessory they can use for years,” said Andrea Steinberg, JFS’ Chief Executive Officer.

From now through March, the committee is asking congregants and other community residents to fill a new or gently used handbag with basic essentials for women including toothpaste, toiletries, feminine products, cosmetics, healthy snacks and more. The filled handbags will be offered to clients who visit JFS for assistance.

As The Caring Committee Chairperson Iris Needleman shared, “The handbag collection idea evolved when the mother of one of our committee members passed away and she left a host of purses. Her daughter wanted to put them to good use and thus, she suggested the ‘fill a handbag’ program.”

In addition, The Caring Committee is hosting a Food Drive where donors can drive by and drop-off non-perishable food and basic essentials. With the challenges being experienced due to the pandemic, the committee has developed a core group of volunteers who are available to unload vehicles and subsequently, deliver donations to JFS.

In August, The Caring Committee will host the Bayside Bash with rides, games, entertainment and kosher food for the whole family. Part of the proceeds from this event will benefit JFS.

For more information on The Caring Committee programs, call Iris Needleman at 609.226.9840.

For more information on JFS services and programs, call 609.822.1108, x1.

About Jewish Family Service

Jewish Family Service of Atlantic & Cape May Counties (JFS) encourages strong families, thriving children, healthy adults, energized seniors and vital communities.

With dozens of program areas, JFS specializes in counseling, mental health services, homeless programs, vocational services, adult and older adult services and also hosts an on-site food pantry.

The agency impacts 8,000 lives throughout Atlantic and Cape May Counties each year.

JFS’ mission is to motivate and empower people to realize their potential and enhance their quality of life.

In keeping with Jewish values and the spirit of tikkun olam (healing the world), JFS provides services with integrity, compassion, respect and professionalism regardless of their religion, race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, age or background.

For more information or to keep up-to-date with JFS events and programs, visit or follow on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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