Open Arms

Continuing To Give — And Teaching Their Children To Give
April 14, 2009

April 14, 2009, The Jewish Week — When Eric Tanner turned 13, his first act of manhood was to ask family and friends to contribute to his donor-advised fund at the Jewish Communal Fund in lieu of giving bar mitzvah gifts. Eric, now 19, has since drawn from the account to send money to Open Arms, a men’s shelter and soup kitchen in White Plains, where he and his family volunteer each Thanksgiving Day. He has also given a sizable grant to the Challenger Program, which provides sports activities for children with special needs.