On Rosh Hashana 5738 (1977) at a farbrengen, the Rebbe spoke about the mitzvah of Ma’os Chittim, pointing out that the needs of the poor during Tishrei are even greater than during Nissan. He suggested that a fund be established supplying Shabbos and Yom Tov necessities to the needy. Hours later, CSSY – The Organization to Bring Joy on Shabbos and Yom Tov – was born.
Already that Shabbos –Shabbos Shuva – dozens of food packages were distributed to families throughout Crown Heights.
The rest is history. For 38 years, CSSY has been busy feeding every hungry mouth and handling every kind of crisis in the community, from the mundane to the unthinkable.
“You won’t see pictures online showing what we do. All our work is confidential so that we won’t embarrass anyone. No question about it: your relative, friend, or neighbor is getting help from us and you have no idea. That’s how we like it to be. But that makes it hard to raise the kind of funds we need to keep Crown Heights’ neediest afloat,” Rabbi Benjy Stock, son of CSSY’s founder Rabbi Shimshon Stock, OBM, wrote in an open letter to the community.
“We have an annual budget of $900,000, having assisted over 400 families this past year alone, with the numbers constantly growing. We do this quietly and secretly to keep the respect of our fellow friends and neighbors,” he said.
CSSY is now participating in a joint Mega Summer Raffle campaign with the goal of raising $200,000. The drawing is tomorrow, Wednesday, July 20.
CSSY needs your support, now more than ever, in order to continue to care for those who need them. This is a wonderful opportunity to perform one of the highest levels of Tzedakah: giving without the receiver knowing the giver… And you never know, you may win $50,000!
24 hours are left…..with your support CSSY won’t have to turn anyone away.
Your generous donation can be made in 2 ways:
1) online at: www.cssy.org
2) call the CSSY office with your donation at: 718-774-5270.
CSSY thanks you and appreciates your friendship and support. May G-d bless you for your kindness and generosity.CSSY-Flyer-print