Pastor Irv Gammon of Florence Congregational Church & Rabbi Riqi Kosovske of Beit Ahavah Reform Synagogue have teamed up to sponsor an immediate mission-tzedakah to assist the residents of Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria’s recent devastation, by sending “LifeStraw Family Water Filters” to Puerto Rico.
Each filter can give 18,000 liters (4775 gallons) of clean, drinkable water to a group of people. So far we have sent several hundred water filters to Puerto Rico as a result of this campaign, and will continue to do so. We are unbelievably lucky for the help we have received in flying them over, and thankful for the folks on the ground in Puerto Rico including through the Jewish community ready to receive and distribute water filters, who have expressed the need for the filters and gratitude for our show of solidarity. People are suffering and dying from lack of clean water there and these contributions are truly making a difference.
To date we have raised over $50,000 for this amazing cause! Please continue to GIVE GENEROUSLY to sponsor family water filters. They cost $50 each.
Checks can be made out to “Florence Congregational Church” (memo line “LifeStraw Water Filters Puerto Rico”), and mailed or dropped off to us at 130 Pine Street, Florence, MA 01062.
Details about the LifeStraw Family here: http://lifestraw.com/products/lifestraw-family/
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Articles on Life Straw Puerto Rico:
Today’s Ten Minutes of Torah from the blog of the Union for Reform Judaism, by Rabbi Riqi Kosovske. “Members of the congregation were overwhelmed to see us so energized, empowered, and galvanized at the prospect of making a difference together.”
|Water is Life: How Our Interfaith Work is Ensuring Clean …
When Beit Ahavah in Northampton, MA, saw a need for water filters in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, the community jumped into action and got them there.
|Two congregations find a way to help – Daily Hampshire Gazette
NORTHAMPTON — It took a midnight run to the Chicopee Walmart, an all-night, last-minute drive to New York City, a secret password at a San Juan rendezvous and over $10,000, but in the end, the mission of two local religious congregations to bring…
|Editorial: Monday mix on aiding Puerto Rico; recovery …
Two religious congregations that share space in Florence were remarkably resourceful in teaming up on a humanitarian mission to aid hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico.After the Florence Congregational Church and Beit Ahavah Synagogue raised $10,500 to buy…
|Northampton Church, synagogue team up to buy water filters …
NORTHAMPTON — Pastor Irv Gammon was watching coverage of the Hurricane Maria aftermath and saw a disturbing image: a group of Puerto Rican children drinking brown water from a stream.The Federal Emergency Management Agency was said to be shipping…