Photo courtesy Lianne Cohen Photography
As a child, Courtney Cohen watched her grandmothers Rose Lewin and Babs Cohen consistently extend a helping hand. And in it’s in their memory that she carries on their work with Rose’s Angels.
Co-founded with longtime family friend Lynne Fader, Rose’s Angels recently held their sixth annual community fundraiser at the Richmond Jewish Day School. Seventy “incredible” volunteers took time from their busy lives and long weekend plans to participate in the Feb. 17 event, reflecting the philanthropic ways of both Rose and Babs.
With the support of the Kehila Society of Richmond, Rose’s Angels helped to create 1,200 care packages for 23 not-for-profit organizations in Richmond—all dedicated to serving the vulnerable and those in need.
“This year was the largest (fundraiser) to date,” exclaimed Courtney. “(But) if it wasn't for our amazing volunteers and donors who helped collect, package and deliver the care packages the event wouldn't be possible. We are grateful to the support of family, friends and community members who allow us to make this event larger every year.”
Care packages were created for such groups as Turning Point Recovery, Jewish Food Bank, Nova House, Touchstone, Richmond Family Place and Heart of Richmond Aids Society. In turn, all these groups will help distribute the special packets.
The care packages contain such personal essentials as shampoo, soap, toothbrushes and tissues; non-perishable foods like granola bars, soup, tuna, chocolate and oatmeal; comforts such as socks, slippers and socks; and children’s items like new books, board games and crafts.
“We connected with staff at the organizations to find out what their clients would like specifically in their care packages, to make the packages as specific to the individuals as possible,” said Courtney.
All the care packages are created through generous momentary donations, or donation of items.
It’s not a coincidence this special fundraiser occurs in February.
“The month of February is especially important because it's the birth month of both Rose and Babs, and t's Heart Month and Valentines Day,” says Courtney, adding it’s hoped the event can continue to grow and remain an annual event.
Anyone interested in donating or volunteering, may contact Courtney email@example.com.
Savta would be proud.