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Lights of Love Lit for a Third Year

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We are thrilled to announce that Lights of Love is returning for a third year! The program is designed to help bring holiday warmth and joy to our neighbors who need it, and every year Lights of Love has grown. Last winter, generous friends and donors helped us brighten the season for more than 100 adults, seniors, families, and children in foster care!

Runs until Nov. 15

Lights of Love began on Sept. 24 and runs until Nov. 15 to accommodate an early Hanukkah. You can participate both virtually and in-person again this year, either by visiting the giant menorah in the foyer of the Weinstein JCC or going online to bit.ly/jfs-lol. Each paper flame hanging from the menorah – or listed on the website – will include a short list of items requested by a JFS client.

Your part is simple: pick a flame, go shopping, and then return the gifts unwrapped to either the JCC or JFS by Nov. 15! (You can find complete instructions posted by the menorah and on the digital form.)

JFS staff posed with wrapped gifts from Light of Love 2020.

JFS is profoundly grateful to everyone who has helped make Lights of Love a success for the past two years, and to everyone joining in for the first time this winter! Thank you so much for making Lights of Love part of your Hanukkah tradition!

For more information about Lights of Love, please contact Teresa Baldwin at tbaldwin@jfsrichmond.org.

Connect, Taste, Learn – and Find Families for Children in Foster Care!

JFS Connecting Hearts is back with a “brew and improved” kick-off event for Adoption Awareness Month!

You are invited to CONNECT: a virtual tasting event featuring locally crafted beer, honey wine, and ginger ale from Richmond’s own Garden Grove Brewing and Urban Winery! After you’ve had some fun and discovered a new favorite drink, CBS 6 anchor Bill Fitzgerald will host a brief, informative program about how you can help kids and teens in Virginia’s foster care system.

The pandemic brought the entire foster care system to a halt: without children attending school or other activities, cases of abuse and neglect went unreported; without the courts open, children’s adoptions had to wait. Unfortunately, we expect many new children and teenagers will enter foster care now that schools have reopened.

You can make a difference in a child’s life! CONNECT is a chance to spend time with friends, try a few new brews, and support a critical mission: helping every child in central Virginia’s foster care system take flight with a permanent, loving family.

Your ticket or sponsorship gift will enable JFS Connecting Hearts to find 250 new foster, adoptive, and kinship families in Central Virginia to welcome children from foster care into their hearts and homes.

To learn more, please visit jfsrichmond.org/connect or call Morgan Goad at (804) 349-0758!

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