It’s not easy to be a single mother in the frum community. You must be the Mommy and the Tatty, the Abba and the Ima, and every day brings its own challenges. The financial burden is often tremendous, with mothers struggling to work, manage the home and be there for their children.
Every Yom Tov brings its own unique stress. For Rosh Hashanah, whose Tallis will my children go under during duchening? For Succos, does a young mother battle to build her own Sukkah to educate her children, or does she sit inside for meals with her kids, feeling like the Yom Tov has passed by her family?
Chanukah is no different.
Chanukah is meant to be an exciting time for parents and children. Watching the excitement on your child’s face as they receive Chanukah gelt or presents, the glow from the Menorah casting its holy light around the room. Gathering around the Menorah, singing memorable Chanukah songs and tunes.
For single mothers, Chanukah is often a stressful, lonely time. There’s barely money for necessities, and not for lavish Chanukah trips, gelt or presents. Sometimes, the menorah lighting is filled with stress and sadness, highlighting the family’s struggle and stress.
But this Chanukah, you can help.
Let’s brighten up Chanukah this year and provide some special Chanukah gelt for a single mother.
Whether she gives it to her children or finally buys something for herself, the gift will add a special glow to Chanukah for her this year. Knowing she is not alone, she knows someone recognizes her unique challenges.
Chanukah is an important time to notice those around us who can use a little more light in their lives.
This Chanukah, let’s be there for her.
Donate now to the Give Gelt Campaign, and together let’s make this Chanukah a little brighter.