We received an email from the Westfield Fun Club regarding their continuing efforts to assist refugee families in the Elizabeth area (including the families we have been assisting) during the coronavirus pandemic. As you can imagine, the Fun Club has been inundated with requests for additional assistance, and is now helping 55 families, up from about 20 just two weeks ago. We have found that the Fun Club offers us many valuable ways to help the refugee families that we would not have on our own. The latest example is that they are making regular deliveries of essential food and supplies to the families during this crisis period.
The Fun Club has welcomed into their program all of the families whom we have been assisting during the past three years who have sought their help. On our end, we are trying to ease the burden on the Fun Club a bit by taking responsibility for purchasing some household products that they are providing to their entire roster of families, using money that has been donated recently to Shomrei’s Refugee Assistance Group. Over the past couple of weeks we have purchased more than 50 large containers of laundry detergent, 50 bottles of dish detergent, and 50 bottles of shampoo.
We would like to continue making bulk purchases of essential household items for the Fun Club’s distributions to the families. If you would like to help, please consider donating to the Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund at https://www.shomrei.org/donate.asp; please choose “The Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund” in the “Donate in Support of…” box, and indicate “Refugee Assistance” in the “Particular Purpose?” box.
In addition, as the email from the Fun Club indicates, you can purchase other needed items on their Amazon wish list: https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/3VKT18AZXQH1H/ref=cm_wl_huc_view
If you do so, please select Fun Club Emergency Supplies as the delivery address.
As always, thank you for any assistance that you can provide.
Have a safe and healthy week and a wonderful Passover.
Judith, Mike, and Andy
More About the Shomrei Refugee Assistance Group
Congregants concerned about the plight of refugees in today’s America have banded together to lend a hand. Headed by Judith Antelman, Mike Legman and Andy Silver, the group assists about a dozen refugee families who have recently arrived. The help may come in the form of reading English language, help navigating life in the United States, school supplies for the kids, necessities for newborns, winter clothing, help setting up an apartment, even a fundraiser to send kids to Summer Camp.