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| MITZVAH OPP - CALLS TO LONELY ELDERLY PEOPLE!

Aviva Janglo    
Thursday, 23 April 3:43 PM

 
*CALL ONCE A DAY! ZAKA has launched a public awareness campaign to ensure
daily phone contact with the elderly and lonely during these times. If you
need or want to volunteer*
 
*ZAKA has launched a public awareness campaign to ensure daily phone
contact with the elderly and lonely during these times. **At the end of
this post there is a link to a form you can fill in if you know of someone
who would benefit from daily phone calls from ZAKA volunteers, or if you'd
like to volunteer to help make these calls. Please share this post!*
 
The campaign, which involves a daily check-up call to the elderly and those
living alone, was triggered by an ongoing tragic situation in which the
elderly and those* living alone are also dying alone in their homes.*
 
Two particularly tragic and disturbing incidents have taken place over the
last few days. On the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day, the decaying body
of an 89 year old Holocaust survivor was discovered in her Beer Sheva home.
Just a few days ago, ZAKA volunteers in Petach Tikva were called to an
apartment where they encountered a tragic sight – a woman suffering from
mental illness was trying to comfort and feed her 70-year-old mother,
unable to comprehend that she had passed away over a week ago.
 
ZAKA chairman Yehuda Meshi-Zahav: “We, the ZAKA volunteers, say enough! No
more! This is a ticking time bomb. The elderly and those living alone are
so vulnerable, especially at this time. Just one call a day could save a
life. Now, with the government decision that those aged 67 and above must
continue to stay at home to stay safe from possible infection with
coronavirus, they are facing continued isolation, with no visitors allowed.
 
ZAKA calls on all Israelis to be mindful of those living alone in their
neighborhoods and to reach out with a daily phone call. If you or someone
you know would benefit from regular contact, please share your contact
details with ZAKA, and we will arrange for a ZAKA volunteer to make those
daily phone calls. As some of the elderly do not speak Hebrew, we will
match up people according to their spoken language. We will ensure that
they are not forgotten.”
 
To date, ZAKA volunteers have dealt with 35 incidents in 2020 and 130 in
2019 where those living alone have died alone.
 
TO JOIN:
 
Fill in the form here: https://forms.gle/JdeHySdYyVWx1E356
or
you can also
message +972 54-780-9175.
          
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