COVID19 pulled the rug out from under Bnos Bikur Cholim’s (BBC) usual programming. No more visits to Holocaust survivors by high school volunteers. No more weekly nursing home visits by high school volunteers.

 

But BBC is still in full swing, and Mrs. Chana Baila Hass, National Director of Bnos Agudath Israel, is as busy as ever. “We had to change our model in response to the times,” explains Mrs. Hass, “I can’t overestimate the importance of providing for the needs of seniors during these trying times.”
 
Since April, BBC set up girls and women to connect with senior friends by phone. Bnos now has over 260 BBC pairs! The program is hugely successful, but Mrs. Hass knew that BBC could do even more.
 
Thanks to a generous grant from Elie Wiesel Holocaust Survivors Initiative, sponsored by City Council of New York, Bnos will be distributing Corona safety supplies to seniors including:
*masks
*hand sanitizer
*tissues
*hand soap
 
Due to safety concerns, seniors are more homebound than ever and may not be able to access these essential supplies on their own.
 
Mrs. Hass expressed her appreciation to the Elie Wiesel Holocaust Survivors Initiative who helps fund BBC’s other Holocaust survivor programs, too. “They’ve adapted to COVID19 with new initiatives, sponsoring the Corona safety supplies and our phonemates”
 
Please reach out to Mrs. Hass at cbhass@agudah.org or call 212-797-9000 ext. 330, if you’d like to become a phonemate. BBC still has seniors looking for partners!
 
Or, do you know an older person in your neighborhood? Pick up the phone and give them a call. Giving ten minutes of your day can be life-changing for your senior friend. Let’s all think out of the box to take care of our most vulnerable and precious population.