Twins Sarah and Amy Aginsky will receive the Centre for Judaism Young Lamplighters Award of Chanukah 2015 on Dec. 13

Twins to be celebrated during South Surrey menorah lighting

Sarah and Amy Aginsky are to receive the Centre for Judaism Young Lamplighters Award of Chanukah 2015.

Twin sisters who hosted a ‘Street Store’ to help the homeless are to be recognized Sunday (Dec. 13) during the annual menorah-lighting event at Semiahmoo Shopping Centre in South Surrey.

Sarah and Amy Aginsky were announced last week as recipients of the Centre for Judaism Young Lamplighters Award of Chanukah 2015.

The award honours outstanding community service by youth aged five to 18 years old.

The sisters, who call Richmond home, are being noted for their efforts in hosting a Street Store. The concept, founded in Cape Town, South Africa nearly two years ago, involves collecting clothes and other items and organizing a pop-up, one-day store where ‘shoppers’ are given the opportunity to select apparel and shoes at no cost.

Between January and March, the Richmond twins collected truckloads of donated clothing and footwear, then distributed them to the needy on March 6, at the Lighthouse Mission in Bellingham.

In a Dec. 3 release announcing their award, Amy Aginsky described the experience as “humbling”.

“Seeing the appreciative faces of our Street Store shoppers was heartwarming and beautiful,” she said. “Many of them have very little and are living difficult lives. It felt great to know we were helping others and that as a result of our mitzvah project, their lives might get a little bit easier.”

The twins’ parents were born in Cape Town and their grandparents and relatives still live there. They saw how The Street Store had helped the homeless in cities including Sao Paulo (Brazil), Tepic (Mexico), Grande Prairie (Canada), Tucuman (Argentina), Oslo (Norway) and Vancouver and were inspired to host one of their own.

The Lamplighters award is to be presented by Centre for Judaism directors Rabbi Falik and Simie Schtroks.

“Chanukah celebrates the victory of light over darkness and goodness over evil,” Simie Schtroks said in the release. “This is a most appropriate opportunity to motivate and inspire young people to make this world a brighter and better place. By filling the world with goodness and kindness, that light can dispel all sorts of darkness.”

The menorah-lighting event is to get underway 5:30 p.m.

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Sources receives $70K from SurreyCares

Funds will help with warehouse space for food programs in Surrey, White Rock, Langley

Rooftop hatchlings ‘a nice addition’ to White Rock RCMP operations

Pair of seagull chicks hatched in ‘fenced playground’ on July 2

‘Justice for Mona’ rally planned for Surrey

Security camera footage shows Mona Wang being dragged, stepped on during RCMP wellness check at UBCO

COVID-19: ‘Contactless’ donation drive in Surrey to help women in need

Items needed for women in shelters, transition houses in the Lower Mainland

Wanted Burnaby man arrested in White Rock

34-year-old facing 15 charges, including sexual assault

B.C. sees 25 new COVID-19 cases, community exposure tracked

One death, outbreaks remain in two long-term care facilities

VIDEO: Vancouver Island cat missing 18 months reunited with family

Blue the cat found at Victoria museum 17 kilometres from home

VIDEO: Alberta man rescues baby eagle believed to be drowning in East Kootenay lake

Brett Bacon was boating on a lake in Windermere when he spotted the baby eagle struggling in the water

Police nab three impaired drivers in one night in Maple Ridge

Ridge Meadows RCMP served 80 impaired driving infractions in June

Conservationists raise concerns over state of care for grizzly cubs transferred to B.C. zoo

‘Let them be assessed now before their fate is sealed,’ urges B.C. conservationist Barb Murray

B.C.’s COVID-19 job recovery led by tourism, finance minister says

Okanagan a bright spot for in-province visitor economy

National Kitten Day aka the ‘purrfect’ day to foster a new friend

July 10 marks National Kitten Day, a special day to celebrate all things kittens

Lower Mainland YouTubers claim to be Kelowna display toilet ‘poopers’

RCMP can not speak to legitimacy of video, will be investigating

Haida matriarchs occupy ancient villages as fishing lodges reopen to visitors

‘Daughters of the rivers’ say occupation follows two fishing lodges reopening without Haida consent

Most Read

l -->