Tikkun Olam: From a Hyundai to a Home for the Holidays


From Steven Grossman of #OperationSaveChristmas2021

‘Twas a week before Christmas and we’re back for the second annual OPERATION SAVE CHRISTMAS 2021!!!

Last year we raised 23k to help source as many toys as possible from local small “ma and pa” businesses and helped with other expenses for families in need all over the country. 


This year we will continue to help multiple families and want to highlight the hardships that are happening to many families. We learned about the Vargas’ story from NPR. Despite working full time jobs, they haven’t been able to save enough money for a deposit on an apartment so they’ve been living in their car with their three kids in the dead of winter in Pennsylvania. They spend their money on gas to keep their boys warm and their closet is a storage unit.

NPR Article: When a Hyundai is also the family home 

So with a little holiday magic, we hope to get the Vargas family off the streets with a new roof over their heads. 

We’re working hard to have them nestled in their beds by Christmas along with some presents under the tree.

Prior to COVID, there were roughly 13 million kids (approx 1 in 6) living below the poverty line in the United States – with about half of those living under conditions considered to be extreme poverty.

Many families have nothing to give their kids to open on Christmas morning. We can help change that and ease other financial burdens as the holiday season has always been much more about giving than receiving. 

PLEASE SHARE THIS FUNDRAISER AND DONATE if and what you can, whether it’s $1, $5 OR $500+ as anything helps and is greatly appreciated.

We can’t save the world, but with the spirit of the season – we can create a few of our own Christmas miracles for families in need and get those kids some toys to open Christmas morning too. With gratitude, Steven


Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Niver is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 102 countries on six continents. This University of Pennsylvania graduate sailed across the seas for seven years with Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean, and Renaissance Cruises and spent three years backpacking across Asia. Discover her articles in publications from AARP: The Magazine and AAA Explorer to WIRED and Wharton Magazine, as well as her site WeSaidGoTravel. On her award nominated global podcast, Make Your Own Map, Niver has interviewed Deepak Chopra, Olympic medalists, and numerous bestselling authors, and as a journalist has been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded three Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards and been a finalist twenty-two times. Named a #3 travel influencer for 2023, Niver talks travel on broadcast television at KTLA TV Los Angeles, her YouTube channel with over 2 million views, and in her memoir, Brave-ish, One Breakup, Six Continents and Feeling Fearless After Fifty.

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