Over 200 volunteers brave winter conditions to deliver portable heaters, blankets and prepared meals to 300 elderly and Shoah survivors in Jerusalem.
With storm Barbara bringing freezing winds, rain and snow to Israel, over 200 volunteers braved the conditions to deliver portable heaters, blankets and prepared meals to 300 elderly and Holocaust survivors living in Jerusalem.
The volunteers visit with a specific person weekly, helping to distribute food packages, run errands and spend time to help ease loneliness.
“These visits provide me with a feeling of warmth and happiness,” said Chava, who lives in Jerusalem. “It’s very tough to be alone in my home, completely separated from my family. It’s so nice for me to have visitors. It makes my day.”
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“The warmth of the heaters brings with it the physical representation of the love and care that the volunteers have for these members of the community,” said Rabbi Sholom Duchman, director of Colel Chabad. “The special relationship that develops during these weekly visits brings light and life into the loneliness. “