At least we can pretend we're 20-something hipsters on Purim, right?
At least we can pretend we’re 20-something hipsters on Purim, right?

I’m 36 this week, which other than being one year older, is the Hebrew equivalent of double chai–life x2. And on this birthday, as with every other of my adult life, I try to take stock and mostly to feel grateful. I’ll spare you the details of my list, but I don’t have to look too far around me to realize all that I’ve got and how none of it can be taken for granted.

That’s why this year, I’ve decided to dedicate my 36th to the Chicago Chesed Fund. If you’re not from Chicago (or if you are and you’ve never been to visit the warehouse), then you’ve never seen anything like it. It’s a bit like Sam’s Club, with floor to ceiling pallets of food and supplies lined up in big aisles. (Not to mention the various other room filled with stunning formal gowns, wedding registry gifts, a job link center, gently used clothing, furniture and appliances and more than I can even name.) The difference, though, is customers don’t pay. We, as a community, donate money and goods to help those in need get back on their feet. And when they are back on their feet, former clients are the first to give back.

So, I have just one teeny little favor to ask, my dear readers. I’d like to convince the Chicago Chesed Fund to set up a fundraiser on Crowdrise or Razoo so that community members can dedicate birthdays and milestones to the Chicago Chesed Fund regularly. So, if you’ve ever benefited from this blog, might I ask that you make your way over to the Chicago Chesed Fund website and click the “Donate” button?  Mention in the memo that your donation is in honor of my birthday. Your kindness will have the ripple effect of directly benefiting those who need some help and possibly planting the seeds for future procurement of funds. I’m going to do be the first right now…

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6 thoughts on “Happy birthday to me

  1. Hi Wendy- Happy Birthday to a very special and talented person. I was so touched by this post. May you be blessed with many more happy years of granola, running miles, healthy, happiness, and nachas

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