Yeka Counselors use Go Fund Me platform to raise funds for Chanukah “Light Up Ukraine” campaign ● The campaign has already raised over half of the $10,000 goal in just under 2 days ● Read More, Video, Donate
Four young men who worked as summer camp counselors in Camp Yeka, will return this winter to visit the boys whose lives they touched over the time they spent together in camp. This is the second winter trip organized by the counselors of Camp Yeka but this time, it means a little something more. Ukraine is in the midst of a brutal war and the counselors hope that this trip will bring some joy and relief to their campers.
Their itinerary will include visiting over 200 boys at their homes and community centers, and as the trip is timed to coincide with Chanukah, they will also be making Chanukah parties and other holiday events. Perhaps most importantly, they will be arranging Bar Mitzvah celebrations for five of their campers including 12 year old Eli Arteminko who in a video message to his counselors (viewable on the trip’s GoFundMe page) talks about how excited he is to celebrate his Bar Mitzvah.
The counselors are fundraising for their trip, through a GoFundMe campaign that has already raised over half of the $10,000 goal in just under 2 days. Counselor Yakov Shmuel Golomb is one of the four who will be making the trip and when asked what he hopes to accomplish he said “It’s been 3 months since the summer camp, and even though we have kept in touch with them all, they are still thirsty for more attention and love. Chanuka gives us the opportunity to combine the holiday fun and winter vacation into an inspirational visit.”