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In honor of the Jewish new year, Lubavitch-Chabad is trying to do their part to stop the spread of COVID-19 by having a free mask and food drive. Anyone from the community can come to receive these items at no cost.
Rabbi Berl Goldman explains why they feel it is their duty to serve the community during this time of need.
“You would think five, six months into this pandemic people have the resources and the PPE supplies to keep each other safe, yet we see the need is great. This opportunity to share, give and encourage people to help each other in a time of need is humbling, yet it’s the highest call of duty and we need to be there for each other.”
Lubavitch-Chabad put on their sixth mask and food drive yesterday afternoon. Unfortunately, the truck loaded with food had to be rescheduled because of the hurricane.
Rabbi Berl Goldman sees that the community needs these supplies and wants people to know any and everyone is welcome.
“Right now, during this, I think, third spike here of the coronavirus it is evident that people are still unemployed and don’t have access to basic supplies for whatever reason that may be. In some cases, it’s not anything financial-related. Some people don’t know how to get it or where to get it. Some people, for whatever reason, may be embarrassed, shy, and over here there’s no qualifications to receive food, mask or whatever we do during the distribution, people just come up and we give them what we need. They don’t have to fill out any paperwork or answer any questions.”
If anyone is interested in how they can donate or volunteer to help the COVID-19 crisis assistance efforts, please contact Rabbi Berl Goldman at: www.JewishGator.com/Help.