The Blue Card, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to providing direct financial aid and support to Holocaust survivors, will distribute care packages this Hanukkah to Holocaust survivors in need throughout the New York City-area.
The care packages will contain holiday and winter items to help elderly Holocaust survivors enjoy their Hanukkah celebration, including an electric menorah and comfort items such as a thermos, hot cocoa mix and a scarf. The items will be distributed in person by volunteers from The Blue Card to the homes of Holocaust survivors in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx and Long Island.
This week, Holocaust survivor and Long Beach resident Magda Rosenberg received a Hannukah care package from The Blue Card volunteer Larissa Finik.
“It is incredibly important to reach out to our elderly Holocaust survivors this winter to make sure they do not have to go without basic needs from food and heat to emotional support,” said Masha Pearl, executive director of The Blue Card. “Many survivors live alone and are isolated, so having a friendly visitor deliver necessities will mean so much.”
The Blue Card helps more than 2,500 Holocaust survivor households throughout the U.S. with ongoing assistance for most basic needs such as food, rent and utilities, and for emergencies such as dental care and special medical equipment, along with many other programs to improve mental well-being. Of the more than 100,000 Holocaust survivors living in the United States today, an estimated one-third live at or below the poverty line, making it difficult to afford proper medical care, mental health care, nutrition and other basic necessities.
To give back this holiday, log in through the AmazonSmile site when shopping, Amazon will donate 0.5 percent of eligible purchases to The Blue Card. Simply go to smile.amazon.com, type in Blue Card in the search field and select the first choice “Blue Card, Inc.”
For more information about how you can make a direct donation and help throughout the year, visit www.bluecardfund.org.
The mission of The Blue Card is to provide direct financial assistance, with respect to their dignity, to needy Holocaust survivors in the United States. Financial assistance is available on a monthly basis for most basic needs, as well as for emergencies, such as medical and dental care, special equipment, rent and utility shut offs, along with many other programs.
Founded in Germany in 1934, and reestablished in the United States in 1939, The Blue Card has distributed nearly $30 million to Holocaust survivors date, with 100 percent of individual donations going directly to survivors. The Blue Card is Better Business Bureau (BBB) certified, and was named as one of the best Jewish charities in 2012, 2013 and 2014 by Federal Times.