Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust sponsors Jewish Children’s Regional Service Hanukkah Gift Program


March 2015

For 2015, and beyond, the Hanukkah Gift Program of the Hewish Children’s Regional Servce, which provides holiday gifts to the neediest and easiest overlooked Jewish children residing in the seven-state service district of the agency, will now have its major expenses underwritten by a generous grant from the Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust.

The Hanukkah Gift Program, which is entering its eighteenth year of operations, at the 160 year-old children’s agency, currently serves approximately 200 Jewish minors and residents of state institutions. Each recipient receives eight small gifts, one for each night of Hanukkah. Thousands of gifts are annually wrapped by hundreds of volunteers. Before Hanukkah, gift boxes are shipped to the homes of families and to state institutions, while other packages of gifts are delivered by volunteers or picked up at the JCRS offices.

“We are quite pleased to be able to honor the memory and charitable interests of the late Oscar J. Tolmas by underwriting the costs of valuable programs such as this,” explained Trustees Vince J. Giardina and Lisa Romano. “Oscar Tolmas wanted his legacy to serve those with the greatest of needs, and these individuals, like our veterans, need to be remembered and served.”