Masbia Relief In Hamodia: Jewish Community Donates Items To Haiti Earthquake Victims
Read the article below, published in Hamodia, to learn about the massive amount of food and hygiene items that the Jewish community has donated to Haiti due to the recent earthquake that has devastated the country. Our Masbia Soup Kitchen‘s ED Alexander Rapaport headed out to Spring Valley to bring help to Haitians as a part of the campaign Masbia Relief to help Haitians.
Jewish Community Donates Items To Haiti Earthquake Victims
Massive amounts of food and hygiene items donated by the Jewish community have been loaded into shipping containers and will soon be sent to Haiti to help victims of the recent earthquake.
“The Haitian community and the Jewish community live together in Spring Valley,” said Rockland County Legislator Aron Wieder, an organizer of the relief effort. “We pray together and we mourn together. We rejoice together and we help each other out. Today we are all Haitians.”
Two 40-foot containers containing shelf-stable food and hygiene items were unloaded from delivery trucks in the parking lot outside Spring Valley Village Hall last week. The goods were then loaded into shipping containers that will be sent to Haiti.
Legislator Wieder (D-Spring Valley), New York State Assemblyman Simcha Eichenstein (D-Brooklyn), Masbia Food Network Executive Director Alexander Rapaport, local Haitian Pastors, and members of the Haitian and Hasidic community, among others, had announced a massive drive to benefit Haiti on Tuesday. The New York Jewish community has already pledged more than $1 million worth of relief to this effort.
The pallets of food were donated by KayCo, which includes the Kedem and Manischewitz labels. KayCo’s Executive Vice President, Charles Herzog, said the company felt compelled to help.
“We have an obligation and honor to step up to the plate and assist communities in need and crisis,” Herzog said. “It’s the core tenet of who we are as a Jewish-owned company, and we are humbled that we’re in a position to give a hand and share a smile with fellow humans in need.”
Bishop Paul D. Laplante of the First Haitian Church of G-d of Middletown is sponsoring the shipment of one of the containers.
“It’s over 90 degrees outside, but we have wonderful young volunteers packing two container-loads of supplies and food,” Rapaport said. “This is the first round that we are sending as a community effort to Haiti. We still have a lot of supply pledged. What we need is help to pay for cargo.”
The packed delivery trucks were unloaded by forklift and by about half a dozen students attending Yeshiva Degal Hatorah in Spring Valley, accompanied by their principal, Rabbi Moshe Schwab.
“They gave up their learning time and they came here to help people so the people of Haiti should have food,” Rabbi Schwab said. “And that’s what we want to teach our young generation, that they have to take the responsibility. When a person is in trouble, you lend them a shoulder. You put a shoulder to it, and you help the person out.”
The boxes were spray-painted with the words, “With Love From the Jewish Community.”
More than 2,200 people have so far been confirmed dead after the 7.2 earthquakes hit Haiti on August 14. More than 12,000 people have been injured and more than 53,000 houses, as well as entire towns, have been destroyed. Hospitals and aid organizations have been overwhelmed with people seeking shelter, medical care, food, and clean drinking water.
Members of Konbit Neg Lakay of Spring Valley and Rockland Haiti Relief will go to Haiti to make sure the donations get to the people who need them. Members of the Haitian American Nurses Association of the Hudson Valley are expected to soon head to Haiti to help and may help distribute some of the donations.
People may donate supplies by bringing items to Konbit Neg Lakay, 16 E. Church St., Spring Valley.
Read the original article HERE.
For the Haiti Relief Drive page click here.