SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts has given a grant to The Jewish Community Center of Springfield and Jewish Family Service of Western
Mass to provide “J-Camp in a Box” to over 400 children.
The box full of activities with arts & crafts, STEM, and even a soccer ball and 4 cones to enjoy at home was given to children ages 5 – 12 Thursday to help educate and entertain families during the coronavirus pandemic.
According to a news release sent to 22News from Jewish Family Service of Western Massachusetts the grant helped create boxes for over 400 children, including 250 refugee and low-income youths.
“This is the second camp in a box. So this summer we made about 950 camps in a box and we aim to to deliver to families in the Pioneer Valley especially those families at risk,” said Seth Stutman, Director for the Springfield Jewish Community Center Summer Camp.
Along with support from HIAS, The Philanthropic Initiative of Boston (TPI), the Jewish Endowment Foundation and the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts, the Harold Grinspoon Foundation and PJ Library Western Massachusetts, as well as many other local partners, sponsors, and volunteers, JFS and the JCC combined resources to create the boxes.