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Help Refugees During the COVID 19 Pandemic

Sharon Silver and Ruth Obernbreit Glass, SOJAC
Holly Rosen, World Jewry Committee

 

Here are ways to help refugees right now, from the comfort of your own home. We suggest two drives that help refugees who are struggling to feed their families.

 

1. JOIN OUR FOOD DRIVE FOR REFUGEES

Neighbors for Refugees is working with Welcome Home, an all-volunteer organization devoted to helping newly-arrived refugees and asylees in the greater Jersey City area.  Their goal is to collect necessary food for their 35 families struggling with food insecurity.

Please check your cupboards for extra non-perishable food you can spare – or purchase new items from the grocery store and bring these items to 3 Brook Place in Larchmont by April 15th. The foods that are most often needed (but not exclusively these items) are:

  • PASTA   
  • RICE    
  • SUGAR    
  • OIL    
  • TOMATO SAUCE    
  • DRIED BEANS    
  • CHOCOLATE

Relatively non-perishable fresh fruits and vegetables such as cabbages, carrots, and apples also welcomed.

Please wear gloves when dropping items off. The bins will be sanitized frequently, and you will not come into contact with anyone at drop off. This is all for your safety.

 

2.  HELP REFUGEES MAKE PROTECTIVE MASKS

As you rid your homes of excess in preparation for Passover, please donate cotton cloth in excellent condition for making hospital masks:

  • CLEAN SHEETS   
  • TABLE LINENS   
  • MEN’S DRESS SHIRTS   
  • COTTON REMNANTS

Cloth must be CLEAN  and in EXCELLENT condition. Six local refugees are hard at work sewing protective masks for hospitals and other medical facilities. Neighbors for Refugees has raised funds to pay them for their labor. Doing so allows them to make a major contribution that helps all of us and their families. Go to MasksForNY.org for all drop-off information at one of their six hubs. All drop-off locations are safe and being sterilized daily. Alternatively, if you have a sewing machine and would like to make protective masks for hospitals, you can find instructions on how to do that on the web site.

Help by making a donation to Neighbors for Refugees through a donor button on their website: neighborsforrefugees.com. In the “Notes” section, please write either “Food Drive” or “MasksForNY”.

 

Thank you and stay well.

 

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