“Observe them as days of feasting and merrymaking,
an occasion for sending presents to the poor.”
— Esther 9:22
The special mitzvah of matanot l’evyonim requires Jewish people of all ages to give over and above customary tzedakah to at least two people in need on Purim. It also instructs Jews to give to anyone who asks, without evaluating that person’s level of need.
Yad Chessed has developed a unique community-wide program in support of this custom, helping to both identify Jewish people in need and ensure that your donation reaches them each year on Purim.
HOW IT WORKS
Make Your Donation
Funds are collected at Megillah readings on Erev Purim, or Purim morning at participating congregations, minyans or day schools. If you can’t attend a service, but would like to donate for Purim, you’ll be able to make a donation online. You can also send a check to 440 Totten Pond Road, Suite 401. Waltham, MA 02451.
Distributing to Jews in Need
Yad Chessed gives out vouchers (with no dollar amount) to needy families in advance of Purim. These vouchers can only be used starting at 1 PM on Purim day. After Yad Chessed determines the total amount collected, Yad Chessed calls the participating stores and tells them how much each voucher is worth.
At Purim, help us offer a hand of loving kindness to more families on Purim by making a donation at your synagogue, college or day school.
For more information or if you have questions, please contact Yad Chessed at (781) 487-2693 or firstname.lastname@example.org.