Chai Lifeline – Ways to Contribute

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Active in his community, Avrahom Joseph donates to Jewish outreach organizations in and around Lakewood, NJ, and beyond. Avrahom Joseph of Lakewood, NJ, stands out as a regular donor to the Chai Lifeline organization.

Dedicated to helping families affected by serious pediatric illness, Chai Lifeline provides services and social support to ease the journey for children and parents alike. Those who wish to contribute to this effort may make a general donation to the organization, either in one’s own name or as a tribute to another. Donations may also be earmarked to sponsor a parents’ support group, to fund the fulfillment of a child’s dream, and to support a family’s attendance at the organization’s winter retreat.

Those who prefer to donate their time can volunteer in any number of capacities. Chai Lifeline welcomes volunteers at Camp Simcha and Camp Simcha Special, where children with severe chronic or life-threatening illnesses can play, make friends, and make memories that give them hope in their struggle. Volunteers are also welcome through the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program, which allows children to develop caring friendships that offer stability and joy.

In addition, Chai Lifeline welcomes volunteers in the Martha Prince 6xChai program. These volunteers visit children in hospitals and in their homes, participate in toy drives and meal programs, and assist families in getting to medical appointments. The organization also depends on volunteers to staff its tutoring program, which works with children’s schools to support young patients’ education during treatment and recovery.

Joining Chai Lifeline’s Honey Engel Toy Drive for Lakewood Youth

A licensee of the New Jersey Commission of Higher Education and longtime advocate of education, Avrahom Joseph has been closely involved with traditional Jewish education establishments throughout the region over the past several years. A resident of Lakewood, NJ, Avrahom Joseph also lends his support to Chai Lifeline.

From its beginnings as a small summer camp program in New York City, Chai Lifeline has expanded in scope and size to care for children with illnesses from its regional offices in Lakewood, NJ; Fort Lauderdale, FL; Chicago, IL; and Los Angeles, CA; as well as a network of international affiliates. In order to bring holiday joy to children and their families during turbulent times, each year Chai Lifeline sponsors the Honey Engel Toy Drive, one of the largest charity drives of its kind in the Jewish world.

As part of the Toy Drive, Chai Lifeline accepts new, unwrapped gifts for boys and girls of all ages. In addition to donating toys at participating schools and drop-off locations, contributors can purchase gifts online through Engel Toy Drive partner stores to contribute a portion of sales directly to Chai Lifeline. As a result of the contributions of supporters, Chai Lifeline was able to distribute more than 50,000 gifts to children in 2014 alone.

Chai Lifeline’s Simcha Programs

A resident of Lakewood, New Jersey, Avrahom Joseph currently serves on the board of Yeshiva Meon Hatorah in Spring Valley, New York. Additionally, Avrahom Joseph contributes to a number of charitable organizations, including Chai Lifeline.

Located throughout the United States, Canada, and other countries around the world, Chai Lifeline is dedicated to supporting children with life-threatening illnesses, their families, and their communities. The nonprofit organization’s 24 year-round programs and services are offered free of charge for as long as the family is in need.

Every summer, Chai Lifeline hosts two overnight camps for hundreds of children. Camp Simcha welcomes campers with cancer and other blood disorders, while Camp Simcha Special is open to campers with other chronic conditions.

Specially designed to meet the campers’ needs, the popular camps provide a range of activities, from sports and water games to entertainment and arts and crafts. Both camps have state-of-the-art medical facilities to ensure that campers stay safe while they have fun and create memories. Led by experienced medical specialists, the facilities have full nursing and emergency technicians in addition to a fully staffed ambulance and an on-call Medevac helicopter. To accommodate children and teens with special needs and mobility issues, Camp Simcha Special staff can assist with wheelchairs, walkers, gastric tubes, and respirators.

Chai Lifeline and Camp Simcha

A resident of Lakewood, New Jersey, Avrahom Joseph maintains a successful entrepreneurial career while giving back to the community by contributing to local and national charitable organizations. One of the groups Avrahom Joseph supports is Chai Lifeline, a New York City-based nonprofit that provides a range of services for children and families affected by cancer and other serious illnesses.

In pursuit of its mission to restore normalcy to the lives of youth facing life-threatening or debilitating diseases, Chai Lifeline oversees programs and activities that offer a respite from day-to-day struggles and foster a feeling of hope for the future. Every summer, the organization provides these experiences to hundreds of children through its medically supervised overnight camp, Camp Simcha.

Designed for youth between the ages of 6 and 20 who are currently undergoing or have recently completed treatment for cancer or hematological diseases, Camp Simcha gives attendees the chance to make new friends in a fun and safe environment. During their stay, campers enjoy arts and crafts, sports, entertainment, and a variety of other activities under the caring supervision of a staff of counselors and medical professionals that includes pediatric physicians, nurses, and therapists.

In addition to traditional camp accommodations, Camp Simcha’s 125-acre campus in New York’s Catskill Mountains contains state-of-the-art medical facilities prepared for everything from tending minor cuts and bruises to administering chemotherapy and other specialized treatments. As with Chai Lifeline’s other programs and services, Camp Simcha is free of charge to accepted applicants. More information can be found at http://www.chailifeline.org or http://www.campsimcha.org.