You gotta hand it to the New York Post. Only they could come up with a headline like: “Jewish Family Pulls Off a ‘Toys for Tots’ Christmas Miracle.”
And you gotta hand it to the Rizacks: The Westporters did exactly that.
But let the Post tell the tale, as only it can:
A Jewish family from Connecticut has pulled off a Christmas miracle for 2,200 needy kids in New York City.
The family sprang into action when Toys for Tots was overwhelmed by demand and didn’t have enough toys to go around.
Within 24 hours, Gabriella Rizack, 22, her dad, Joshua, and brothers Reid and Emmet came to the rescue by raising $17,000 to deliver gifts to the waiting children — including kids in domestic violence shelters.
Gabriella volunteered after seeing an appeal for the toy charity online, persuading her father to overcome his reservations about wearing a St. Nick costume.
“What’s a Jew doing putting on a Santa Claus suit?” Joshua quipped.
“Think about all the Christians who died liberating the [concentration] camps and how we can set an example to people of all religions, dad,” Gabriella responded.
Joshua — a financial consultant — and his family raised $17,000 in just 24 hours. Money is still coming (or, in Post-talk) “pouring” in.
(Click here to read the whole story. Hat tip: Lisa Marriott.)