There is always at least one Shabbat Chanukah every year and the Bauman family, who has led this evening every year since Chanukah in Carefree’s beginning, chooses a special charity each year to support on Shabbat Chanukah. This choosing of a special charity for Shabbat is a wonderful way that the community can partake in tzedakah, which is a ritual enjoyed by many Jewish families celebrating Shabbat every week. The term tzedakah connotes giving charitable contributions but it really is much more than that. It refers to righteous behavior and is often paired with “justice”. This year the Bauman’s selected tzedakah efforts are for Purse-Impressions.
Purse-Impressions is a Cave Creek, AZ nonprofit 501(c)(3) charity organization that celebrates the accomplishments and milestones for individuals recovering from alcohol and drug treatment programs. This is accomplished by gifting a “Fresh Start” purse or backpack which allows them to begin recovery with dignity, strength and knowledge that someone cares about them.
Purse-Impressions started in the fall of 2019, and has successfully executed their programs every year. Over 4500 purses and backpacks have been distributed, in addition to school backpacks, diaper bags and a holiday toy drive for the children living in sober recovery houses with their moms.
Each bag represents Courtney, the founder Patricia Brusha’s daughter, who died suddenly and tragically at 28 years of age on June 4, 2019 from stage 4 liver cirrhosis. Courtney struggled with addiction and lost her battle from years of alcohol abuse. Courtney’s spirit lives on through each donation. This year we are collecting donations and purses for Purse-Impressions on Shabbat Chanukah, Friday night, December 8, 2023. For more information visit the website www.purse-impressions.com or contact Patricia at email@example.com or call 602-814-6679.