Snow in South Florida? Snowfall Brings Joy To Foster Children At JAFCO Children’s Village
Julie and Howard Talenfeld Provide Snow, Latkes and Fun at Annual Chanukah Party
Snow in South Florida? It’s not a dream – it was a reality for the children who live in the JAFCO Village and children who have been adopted or placed in foster care through JAFCO programs. The miracle of Chanukah was celebrated in an extraordinary way as 10 tons of snow were brought into JAFCO Children’s Village.
Longtime supporters Howard and Julie Talenfeld sponsor the event every year, a tradition they’ve carried on for the past decade. The Hawk’s Landing couple sponsors the Chanukah party so that foster children who live in the residences at the children’s village and children who have been adopted through JAFCO can celebrate the holiday in a unique fashion. The joy is evident on the children’s faces, as some of them have never seen snow – even the kind brought in by a truck!
“I challenge anyone to tell me a better feeling than bringing smiles to children’s faces during the holiday season,” said Julie Talenfeld. “My husband and I are proud to continue this tradition of the snow-filled party at JAFCO Village.”
JAFCO was established in 1992 to provide services to abused and neglected children. In September 2014 JAFCO expanded its mission to include children with autism and other developmental disabilities with the opening of the JAFCO Children’s Ability Center, a family enrichment, resource and respite center for families raising a child (ages 0-22) with a developmental disability. The center is in Sunrise and is the only center of its kind in the country offering families intensive support, case management services and overnight and extended out-of-home respite care all under one roof.
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