Chabad of Kentucky dispatches tornado relief aid convoy

Chabad Provides a "Convoy of Support" Bringing Water and Winter Apparel to Affected Areas

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – As Western Kentucky still reels from the devastating effects of this weekend’s tornado, Chabad of Kentucky lept into action.

As soon as the Jewish Sabbath ended, Rabbis headed to the depot of Project Friendship, Chabad’s social services arm,and filled trucks with over $50,000 of water and winter apparel to provide for Kentuckians inImage 22 need.

“The Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Shneerson, often spoke of the need for Random Acts of Goodness and Kindness,” said Rabbi Avrohom Litvin, Regional Director, Chabad of Kentucky. “One of our key responsibilities is to clothe the naked, and to care for the needy.”

Working in partnership with Ambassador Kelly Craft, UK basketball Coach John Calipari, and UK Athletics, and with partners from across the commonwealth Chabad has reached out to communities most in need. Working with the Israeli Consolute in Atlanta, Chabad organized pallets of water, and Monday morning the first truck left the depot for affected communities.

“The Rebbe has a profound love for every individual person,” said Rabbi Chaim Litvin, Chabad Program Coordinator, who arranged the convoy. “As his emissaries, it is our responsibility to exemplify that love. Project Friendship allows us to do that.”

The storms caused wide devastation and dozens were killed. Monday’s truck is the first of a large scale effort to help the region.

“Our aid will not only be material” Chabad Education Chair Rabbi Shmully Litvin pledged. “We will be a source of support and spiritual healing as well.”

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