The ARK distributing Chanukah baskets and meals to people in need this season

As the Chicago-area's Jewish community prepares to start celebrating Chanukah on Dec. 10, local nonprofit The ARK is launching its Gift Wishes program to support those who are facing adversity during this challenging time. This includes the delivery of meals to more than 100 families and individuals in need, including those who are part of The ARK's Intensive Day Program, which helps people affected by chronic mental illness. And since the organization is not able to host its usual Chanukah party this year, volunteers are also delivering more than 1,550 gift baskets that include blankets, menorahs, candles, dreidels, chocolate gelt, reusable shopping bags and gift cards for Target, Amazon, Jewel or Kesher Stam.

In addition, the Chanukah Gift Wishes program includes the distribution of gift cards so that people in need can purchase presents they would not otherwise be able to afford.

The ARK is collecting donations to support its Chanukah Gift Wishes program and its mission to help members of the Jewish community who are facing adversity. Contributions can be made at

Many nonprofits are currently facing funding and contribution reductions due to COVID-19 and are having difficulty helping their communities this holiday season. Dr. Victoria Hass, clinical director of The ARK, says donations will enable the organization to support more people who are impacted by COVID-19 and give them the chance to safely and properly celebrate the holiday.

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