By a Crown Heights resident:
It was a Thursday morning, shortly after Pesach, when she called me. “Meet me at the grocery, 10 a.m., I’m taking you shopping,” she instructed. It couldn’t have been better timing, mamosh “min hashomayim.” I breathed a sigh of relief.
At the grocery I was able to fill up my cart without worry with all the basics: fresh fruits and vegatables, challah, chicken, meat, cereal, pasta, rice, tuna fish, dairy products, and some yogurts for the kids. “Make sure you buy things for the children so they can be happy too,” she insists.
As a single mother, struggling to get by, and to keep my head afloat, it brought so much comfort knowing that she would pay the bill at the end, and I wouldn’t have to worry about a thing. My small “food budget” had been overspent on Pesach and I had been down to almost nothing right before she called. I had been trying to get by on the little I had left until the end of the month. I don’t know how she knew?
I had the zechus of meeting Devorah Scheiner, b’hashgacha pratis, several years before at a Shabbos meal. At the time I was already a single mother, but Baruch Hashem I had family help and was not in a state of “need.”
She told me of her tremendous struggles she had in trying to raise money, single-handedly, to help the needy families of Crown Heights. She told me of how she doesn’t sleep at night and of the various medical difficulties she suffered from as a result of the tremendous stress.
Meeting Devorah proved to be for me a “refuah l’fnai hamakah,” because just two months after I first met her, one of my parents suddenly passed away, and everything changed for me. Suddenly I needed her help, very much so, and she was there.
She was there with cases of chickens, a large roast, and huge rolls of geffilta fish for every major yom tov. She was there, calling me up with coupons for shoes for my children. She was there, inviting me to her many evenings of “simcha,” with music, food, and entertainment she arranges to cheer up those who could use a boost. She was there, taking me grocery shopping, paying the full bill, several times by now.
Sometimes there were several other ladies there beside me filling up their carts as well. I am very grateful for all that she has done for me. She has helped me get by on a most basic level.
She sits at her wooden kitchen table, in her modest home, without staff, all winter long, all summer long, just trying to figure out how to feed people and to put food on their tables; just trying to make people happy, and to do the work of Hashem. Whoever can help her continue her holy work should contribute to her fund.
When my children came home from school, after our Thursday morning shopping trip, there were 3 big boxes sitting on the floor teaming with food. The children peaked inside, curious, and you could see the excitement in their eyes. Could it be “Eliyahu Hanavi” visited while they were gone?
Devorah Scheiner is currently desperately worrying about how families in Crown Heights will be celebrating the upcoming Yom Tov of Shavuos. There are many families that are counting on her for Yom Tov food, many who are in desperate need.
This past Wednesday a truck pulled up in front of her house and she distributed 300 bottles of milk, 300 containers of cottage cheese, cream cheese, munster and feta cheese, as well as tens of cases of chicken.
Among the recipients were individuals with sick spouses, sick children, single mothers and elderly individuals. The distribution was dedicated in memory of Mrs. Chana Winter and the young boy Levi Nemon, of blessed memory.
Please, whoever can, please donate to this very worthy cause as soon as possible, so that these families will have what they need in time for Yom Tov!
May we all merit to receive the holy Torah with true “simcha” and pnimiyus! May Hashem bentch all of klal Yisroel with abundance! May Mrs. Scheiner be bentched with good health, much happiness, and much abundance, and the ability to continue in her holy work! May we all merit the coming of Moshiach immediately now!
You can donate online or by mail to Mrs. Scheiner’s Yom-Tov Fund – 519 Montgomery Street, Brooklyn, NY, 11225.