Chaim Javitz, a bus driver who has been serving the tri-State area for decades, has suffered a financial loss after a group of youths torched the bus that he owns.
A Crown Heights resident, Javitz is the owner of BSD Bus Corp, which owns the bus which was set on fire by a group of youths on Sunday. He is known to many in the neighborhood as a bus driver for the local schools for many years.
In later years, with many schools acquiring their own buses, Javitz has retained 2 buses, which he uses to supplement local school bus services when needed and Shluchim whose children are visiting Crown Heights.
He also services Chabad Day Schools in the Tri-State area as well as bochurim of the weekly Released Time program to Public Schools. In the summer, he goes upstate and helps the camps with their local transportation needs.
After Sunday’s shocking and senseless destruction of his bus while it was parked in front of Bais Rivkah, he is left with only one bus to run his business – and he lost a big chunk of his livelihood.
“Chaim has been serving Crown Heights residents with a smile for everyone regardless of the time,” says Yirmy Vanhalem, a Lubavitcher who has set up a fundraising site to help Javitz. “His family is going through a difficult time but he never asks for anything – Chaim is always giving, never taking.
“He doesn’t have the funds to buy another bus and the insurance will probably not pay as it wasn’t an accident,” Vanhalem says. “I hope everyone from Anash will donate so we can together help him get back on his feet again.”