Chabad of Orange County’s CTeen Create Summer Gifts for Children With Special Needs

High School teens from across the County got together for an evening of giving and socializing. The CTeen (Chabad Teen) club decorated soccer balls to distribute to local children with special needs. The group of twenty teens drew cheerful pictures on the balls and wrote encouraging messages such as “shine bright like the sun.”

The outdoor event was hosted by the Leeds family in Chester, and led by CTeen director Chana Burston, who co-directs Chabad of Orange County. “Especially after this challenging year, teens need the opportunity to socialize. When teens use their talents and time to give, they feel fulfilled and happy.”

Teens enjoyed a creative Game Night and sports, and a discussion on “positive thinking” led by Chana.

“It’s the little things in life that are the most memorable. ‘Do for someone else as you wish they would do for you’ is a basic Jew value,” said Sami Hamel of Monroe, one of the leaders of CTeen.

Packages were generously sponsored by the Reich family of Highland Mills, Leeds family of Chester, Berman family of Warwick and Melillo family of Monroe.

For more info on CTeen events, contact Rabbi Pesach and Chana Burston at or call 845-782-2770.