New Square, NY – When Mordechai M from Rockland County was diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, his entire world was suddenly consumed by medical procedures, lengthy hospital stays and stressful shuttling between home and medical facilities. With frequent, nerve wracking traffic and impossible parking traveling into the City became a nightmare for him. That’s when Chesed 24/7 came into the picture.
Chesed 24/7’s network of devoted volunteer drivers are constantly transporting individuals or families to doctor’s offices, hospitals, treatment centers, labs, or rehabilitation facilities. Not only does this alleviate tremendous worry for patients and their families; it also gives them a huge boost, knowing that someone is there to support them. As Tzipora G attested, “just knowing that I had a way of coming and going to treatments really made the whole ordeal that much more bearable.”
In the past year, Chesed 24/7’s one hundred and fifty volunteer drivers drove 323,726 cumulative miles, covering 7,558 trips and saving patients and families $451,478 in car service fees. However, as Avrumy Breuer, one of Chesed 24/7’s most dedicated volunteer drivers, points out, “How can one put a price tag on the tremendous chesed done, to help someone out who’s dealing with such a huge pekele? If we can do anything to help eliminate some of their stress — that is priceless.”
Just as it’s not possible to put a dollar amount on chesed, it is also not possible to fully thank the volunteer drivers who drop everything, day or night, to answer a call and take a patient or family member wherever they may need to go. They put aside their own personal schedules and place patients and their families first; eager to respond to a call even after a long full day of work.
Chesed 24/7 hosted a Volunteer Appreciation Dinner last night to thank the 150 volunteer drivers for all that they do on behalf of klal yisroel. We salute these exceptional and devoted volunteers who grab the opportunity to perform a mitzvah at any time with such generosity and zerizus! — 24/7.
(YWN Desk – NYC)