Joe Bornstein Winter Warmth Drive

For the last seven years, the JCA’s Michael Klahr Jewish Family Services (KJFS) has worked with local families to make sure children who visit our pantry receive support for weather-appropriate clothing as we head into a cold Maine winter.  This program has grown from serving a small group of 25 children, to reaching over 200 children in 2019!

As we enter the winter of 2020 and take into consideration the many changes presented by COVID-19 and recommendations provided by the Center for Disease Control, KJFS is pleased to announce our former Hanukkah Lights program is now the Joe Bornstein Winter Warmth Drive!

Joe Bornstein’s kindness and generosity knew no bounds. His support helped to transform the social services and nonprofit landscape throughout Southern Maine, as the Law Offices of Joe Bornstein provided funds and raised awareness of countless causes and initiatives over the years.

To honor his legacy and maintain the commitment he made to serve the community, KJFS invites you to join us as we commit to providing winter boots to as many students as possible this year! We’re starting off with Gerald E. Talbot Community School in Portland.  As teachers work to provide greater access to outdoor learning, we want to ensure each student can focus on their education, and not the weather.


It is easy to participate! 


KJFS staff have coordinated with the social work team at Talbot to compile a list of all the various boot sizes requested.  That list can be found here: 

Simply click on the boots you would like to purchase, and they will ship directly to Talbot.  Should we reach our goal, this program will be expanded to include students at Canal Elementary School in Westbrook as well. Thank you for your support.

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