Written by David Golbert Friday, 26 March 2010 00:00
In the fall of 2001, I was asked to speak from the pulpit at Temple Emanuel on a Friday night. All week long, I had been reading a series of articles in The New York Times about homelessness and hunger in the New York metropolitan area and I decided to make that the topic of my “sermonette.”
Those articles opened my eyes to the misery and poverty that dominate the lives of so many New Yorkers. I had no idea that nearly 39,000 people were living in homeless shelters. I had no idea that nearly 17,000 children were included in that 39,000. I had no idea that 40 percent of the homeless had jobs, but weren’t earning enough money to afford a place to live.
After I gave my talk at Temple Emanuel, I said to myself, “It’s not enough to talk about this. I have to find a way to make a difference.” That was nine years ago. In those nine years, I started a monthly publication, Dave’s Literary Journal, to foster awareness of the problems of hunger and homelessness in our area. I conducted clothing and food drives. I spoke to other Temple groups, to the Rotary Club, to women’s groups, to anyone who was willing to listen. And I wrote articles for the Great Neck Record.
I asked my friends and neighbors in Great Neck to help me—and the response has been heart-warming. Each year, we sponsor meals at Long Island’s largest soup kitchen, run by the Interfaith Nutrition Network, which feeds more than 2,000 men, women, and children each week. The cost of the food for each meal is $1,200. (Last year we sponsored 18 meals.)
If you’ve had some blessings in your life, please consider sharing them with those who are less fortunate. Your donation—in whatever amount is comfortable for you—has the power to change someone’s life for the better. A donation of $25 feeds 10 hungry people.
It’s not enough to talk about this. Let’s show the world that Great Neck truly cares. “Let no one go hungry, while there is food on our table.”