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Hanukkah Comes Early For 92-Year-Old South Florida Holocaust Survivor

BROWARD (CBSMiami) – Hanukkah came a day early for a 92-year-old South Florida Holocaust survivor.

Lilly Michaelis was surprised with a gift bag filled with Hanukkah goodies.

The gift bag was courtesy of Goodman Jewish Family Services of Broward County, who's handing out 600 of them this Hanukkah.

The bags include a box of Hanukah candles, potato pancake mix, apple sauce, a mask, hand sanitizer and handmade holiday cards from students at local Jewish schools.

"Thank you thank you so much. I honor your words. I feel like, I cannot almost not speak more," she said.

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Michaelis is an active 92-year-old.

Before COVID, she attended regular yoga classes and was very social with neighbors in her complex.

CBS4 would like to wish her and all our Jewish viewers a happy Hanukkah.

The eight-day holiday begins Thursday at sundown.

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