This past week, the Stoop Soup program of Chabad of Brooklyn Heights in New York did not only deliver food to the Downtown Brooklyn seniors but also plants in collaboration with the chesed organization Plan Together.
Stoop Soup, which is a project of Chabad’s Gan Menachem Kiddie Korner Preschool, delivers food and Challah on a regular basis to the local seniors in Downtown Brooklyn.
Before Covid-19 children and local volunteers from the community did the deliveries. All through Covid-19 the program continued to run and deliveries were coordinated by the program founder Shlucha Shternie Raskin and Sheli Man-Steinberg, educational director of the preschool.
Many young volunteers from Congregation B’nai Avraham community in Brooklyn Heights reached out and came to pick up food bags during the pandemic every Thursday and Friday. All deliveries were made with health safety regulations, social distancing and face masks and gloves were used regularly for packaging and delivering.
This past week with the help of Chaya Eliav, all the seniors received a plant with their meal donated by Plan Together, a program that started during the pandemic to help seniors cope with not seeing their loved ones and provide them with some emotional support while visitation is restricted.
After seeing a motivational video from the founders of Plan Together, Chaya contacted the two young ladies who started the chesed organization to see if they can contribute plants to the CBH Stoop Soup program which reaches seniors all over Downtown Brooklyn. Baila Dalfin and Nechama Hecht were happy to donate plants and arranged for a quick delivery to the CBH brownstone building and to local senior homes nearby.
They thanked many of the community members who helped support the program in the past months like Sonia Beker, Eliezer Abramsky and others for helping add new seniors to the program – Ellen Kamaras, Marcie Roth and Yael Raskin. A special thank you to those helping with deliveries- Madeleine C. Mydlo, Rachel Friedman, Michael Galka, and Yosef Kessler, and many others who wish to stay anonymous.
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