By COLlive reporter
Photos by Yinon Suisa
Bochurim studying at the Central Yeshiva Tomchei Tmimim Lubavitch – 770 Eastern Parkway in Crown Heights received new clothing ahead of Pesach at the estimated cost of $55,000.
The initiative was organized by the Kupas Bachurim organization which launched a campaign “Like Father – Like Son” to provide clothing to bochurim with little or almost no personal funds.
Because many of them originated from Israel, their parents can’t afford additional costs beyond flights, tuition, dormitory and other basics, the organization said.
“For years now, we tried to fill the gaps with providing them with medical assistance, financial assistance and selling and distributing clothing at minimal cost,” they said.
For Pesach, the organization turned to generous residents of Crown Heights who subsidized clothing that was sold between $1 to $5. Among the clothing sold were shirts, tzitzis, belts, undergarments and socks.
In addition, residents fully donated new wool suits that were given for free. Bochurim were asked to provide their measurements and a fitting suit was immediately suggested to them to try on and take home.
One of the kind donors of the Pesach drive was philanthropist R’ Sholom Ber Drizin. “He has stood by us for many years and we would like to give him special thanks for that,” organizers said.
Specifically, Drizin donated new Borsalino hats for the bochurim.