FYHS Students Raise Chicagoland Spirits and Much More on Purim
The dedicated students of Fasman Yeshiva High School worked hard to make Purim extra special this year for several Chicago-area charitable organizations. Using only their creativity and costumes, eight groups of FYHS students successfully raised nearly $140,000 during the single evening and afternoon of Purim, with the overwhelming majority of those dollars staying home here in our community.
Thanks in part to a generous anonymous matching donor, the students raised $100,000 for Hatzalah Chicago, a non-profit volunteer organization that provides emergency medical services to the community 24/7. Another $6,000 was collected for Chai Lifeline, which supports sick children with family-centered programs and activities during treatment and recovery. An additional $11,000 was collected for FYHS itself, focused on continuing the quality of FYHS’s educational program and continuous need for scholarships.
“Our boys did a tremendous mitzvah,” said HTC CEO Rabbi Shmuel Schuman. “They took up the mantle of helping others and devoted themselves incredibly to this effort. We are grateful to the anonymous matching donor, and hope our students’ efforts inspire future students to follow this Purim mitzvah in the coming years.”
FYHS students also raised another $23,000 for organizations in Israel, including Od Yosef Chai, Yad L’Achim, and Migdal Ohr. These groups help feed and clothe poor people, fight missionaries and enable underprivileged children to receive academic support and education.