GIFT readies Passover to Go kits for those in need
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GIFT readies Passover to Go kits for those in need

Items needed for seder available in free holiday package for those who qualify

GIFT volunteers pack Thanksgiving to Go kits in Nov. 2020 (Photo provided by Rochel Tombosky)
GIFT volunteers pack Thanksgiving to Go kits in Nov. 2020 (Photo provided by Rochel Tombosky)

GIFT (Giving it Forward Together), a local nonprofit, will be offering its Passover to GO kits again this year, providing Jewish assisted living residents and the homebound with items they need to celebrate the holiday.

“One shouldn’t underestimate the importance of a holiday kit,” said Rochel Tombosky, GIFT’s founder, in a prepared statement. “They aren’t just a kind gesture — they have an incredible positive effect on the mental well-being and quality of life of those receiving them.”

The free kits include a pre-packaged kosher meal; handmade matzah; a seder plate (with all the seder contents); and a large print Haggadah.

Kits will be assembled adhering to COVID-19 safety precautions and volunteers will be delivering them to homes and facilities around Pittsburgh. Volunteer opportunities for assembly and delivery will take place March 17-22.

Passover to GO kits are available while supplies last.

“Now, during the pandemic, the need is greater than ever before,” said Tombosky. “Typically, this is a holiday focused on family or friend gatherings. Most of the recipients don’t have the ability to make a Passover seder.”

Kits will be delivered to 400 Pittsburgh seniors, people who are immunocompromised or have special needs, according to Tombosky.

Donations helped to make Passover to GO possible, she said.

“GIFT is committed to ensuring that each kit finds a blessed recipient,” said Batsheva Williamson, GIFT board president. “One may not be able to celebrate at a family gathering, but these kits are our way to show that we care. It’s like a loving hug.”

To order a Passover to GO kit for someone who qualifies, or to volunteer, send an email to giftpgh@gmail.com, or call 412-401-5914. PJC

Toby Tabachnick

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