Back in December, Shluchim in a suburb of Montreal came up with a grand idea – to make sure that every local Jewish household would receive a Shmurah Matzah for Pesach.
But with more than 2,500 homes, how would they do it?
Rabbi Leibel and Chana Fine, co-directors of Chabad of Dollard, sent out an e-mail to their community outlining their plan, and the response was immediate. As one Dollard resident wrote in his response to the e-mail, “I’ll do anything to help make this project happen.”
Many others echoed similar sentiments, and within two days of sending out their e-mail requesting volunteers, the Fines had a list of close to 30 families who had committed to stop by on Sunday, March 30, and pick up the Matzahs that they would be delivering.
The forecast for that Sunday was a beautiful, warm, sunny day. But as the weekend neared, the forecast changed. “I have to admit, I was concerned,” Rabbi Fine shared. “With a surprise snowstorm, I didn’t know how many of the volunteers would actually show up.”
His fears were unfounded. Not only did they show up, but even more people came, the weather having changed their plans, and they were now available to help deliver the matzahs.
They kept on coming, and as the day wore on, Fine posted on Chabad of Dollard’s Facebook page, “and, the Matzah pile is dwindling. Thanks to all of the volunteers who came out in this beautiful, snowy, springy weather to help distribute the matzahs!”
In total, over 50 families participated in the Dollard Shmurah Matzah project.
They came with smiles on their faces, excited to be a part of this citywide phenomenon. When they finished their routes, they would return with their checked off papers, adding notes like, “We found a BEAUTIFUL Mezuzah on this door!”, “We saw a Jewish sounding name so we rang the bell…” The enthusiasm of the volunteers, especially the children, was noticeable to all.
“It was so nice to see the families delivering with a smile,” said Avi Krispine, a very grateful recipient of a box of Shmurah Matzah. “They weren’t doing it as a favor, they actually were enjoying being a part of this amazing project.”
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