I usually never
generalize or come to conclusions, but over the past few years, I’ve interviewed several daughters
and mothers who have worked hand-in-hand to help the girls at the Rubin-Zeffren
Children’s Home, and have discovered that they are all Dynamic Duos!
It’s always a pleasure
talking to a Bat Mitzvah girl, who is only 12 years old, but has the sensibility and resolve,
the drive and the purpose, to do good for those who are less privileged, and
without any pomp – just matter-of-factly.
Speaking with Remy
Wynston of Hillsborough, New Jersey, and her mother Rhonda, reconfirmed my observations and assessment of
daughters and mothers, and the great role modeling that makes a young woman who
she is, from an early age: a young and benevolent friend and donor to our
Three months before
her July 1st Bat Mitzvah, when services took
place at the Birnbaum Community Center in Bridgewater, NJ, Remy began to
advertise her collection efforts for the Children’s Home – a school supply
She produced a flier and hung it in her school, Hillsborough Middle, where she will
soon enter the 8th grade. She also put up fliers at the Chabad Center of
Somerset, NJ where she learns to read Hebrew and all about mitzvot. As a matter
of fact, her Rabbi’s wife, Mrs. Miriam Krinsky was the one who found Lev LaLev
online and suggested that Remy look into us as part of her mitzvah project.
When Remy went online to do her own research, the Home and our dear girls
popped up first in her searches.
communications with our very own Sheena Levi, Remy made her decision to put up
a collection for the girls. Rhonda helped to
decorate colorful boxes where Remy’s classmates, fellow students, teachers, and
l other locals could drop in items like pens, paper, pads, scissors, glue,
highlighters, folders and even miniature back packs.
Remy also set up two
other collections depots at Chabad and at the town’s Municipal Building – where
she obtained special permission to do so from the town clerk. She tells LLL
that every three weeks or so, she went to collect the donations from the three
boxes. Her flier explaining the nature of the charity was proudly displayed
right next to each box. Remy also sent out notices to her friends and family
Our Bat Mitzvah girl is
no stranger to collecting for good causes. An almost 8-year-veteran of the Girl Scouts, Remy has involved
herself in her local town’s food pantry collection. Rhonda tells LLL that when
she takes her kids food shopping, she gives them a budget and tells them to buy
non-perishable food products to donate to the pantry. For example, sometimes Remy
and her step-sister Emilia do a breakfast theme. They speed around the
supermarket aisles, gathering popular cereals, and in winter, instant hot
oatmeal mix. Rhonda Wynston-Kraft further explained to us that the food pantry
is a drop off center where community people in need stop by to pick up the
items. Some day in the future, Remy would also like to volunteer at the center
and be a larger part of the process of disseminating the goods to the public.
More about Remy
Her favorite subjects:
Art, Home Economics, and French (her 4th year)
Her hobbies: Baking
from scratch – recent accomplishments – a chocolate cake for her Bubbie’s
birthday, brownies that she’s not so keen on, but loves to bake for those that
enjoy. Cooking: Steaks, fish, pasta, and sushi – yes, from scratch!
Shopping – she loves
shoes and designing outfits and collecting Mix’n’Match separates.
Remy enjoys playing
online computer games and singing.
One of her favorite
groups is Grammy award winning “Evanescence” – a very unique gothic style
include her brother Landen 9, and her step-siblings, brother Jayden 12 and
sister Emilia 14. She says that their family is well bonded, and she likes having
an older sister, who often helps style her hair. “It’s fun,” she adds.
Quotable Quotes: RW to
LLL: “I like studying
French because I don’t only learn the language, but the culture – like the
games they play, the food they eat, the holidays they celebrate, the way they
act and speak – the difference of the culture.”
Helping people: Remy
genuinely enjoys helping people – it used to be those who were around her, in
close proximity, but today, she has the honor to assist those who live far away
– in Israel. She says, “It feels good to do something for someone without a
family. When I saw the girl’s photos online, I wanted to help them.”
Remy also told LLL
that she imagines …”In a way what the girls at the Home have between themselves
is like a family – it’s like an all girl’s boarding school.”
More Quotes: Rhonda
W-K to LLL: “I’m incredibly proud
that Remy is thinking broadly, not only helping people on a local level (the
community food pantry) but also thinking about the disadvantaged girls in Israel.”
philosophy: When asked if she had
a lot of friends at her Bat Mitzvah party, held at the Neshanic Valley Golf
Course in Neshanic Station, NJ, Remy replied, “No, I don’t have a lot friends,
just very close friends”. This line does speaks volumes in of itself (editor’s
opinion, of course.)
Remy recently packed
up all the collected school supplies and sent a 35 lb. box off to our girls in
Israel, just in time for Back-to-School. And, not to forget two more very
important great points; Remy’s favorite color is lavender, and shades of purple
and she just loves chocolate (like this writer.) When two ‘girls’ have these
traits in common, the results are excellent bonding and an awesome interview.
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continue Remy’s project and help our girls prepare to go Back to School