Tzvi Odzer and a local yeshiva combine forces to raise funds and provide medical supplies for local medical facilities and their patients.
If the past few months have shown us anything, it’s that Coronavirus is not going away anytime soon. With millions of active cases and well over 100,000 deaths in the United States alone, COVID-19 is shaping up to be one of the most deadly and impactful viruses of our time. However, the situation is not hopeless, says Tzvi Odzer.
Many volunteers and non-profit organizations have banded together to aid those on the frontlines, particularly medical workers who are exposed to the virus on a daily basis. Tzvi Odzer counts himself among the dozens of local residents to help raise funds and distribute medical supplies in and around Great Neck, New York.
Tzvi Odzer Joins the Effort to Combat COVID-19
The efforts originated at the local yeshiva, under the direction of Rabbi Eitan Rubin of Beit Medrash. Together with several other local organizations, Rabbi Eitan Rubin and Tzvi Odzer worked together to raise funds throughout April and March. As COVID-19 showed no signs of slowing down, Tzvi Odzer decided to dedicate more of his time to helping his community through volunteering and fundraising efforts.
Both Tzvi Odzer and Rabbi Eitan Rubin were shocked at the level of support they received. Funds accumulated quickly, allowing the duo to ramp up their efforts. Volunteers also showed up by the dozen to help transport medical supplies to local facilities and provide medical workers with additional provisions.
Tzvi Odzer Sees His Efforts as a Duty
While the efforts of Tzvi Odzer, Rabbi Eitan Rubin, and the local Great Neck community are admirable, Tzvi Odzer isn’t looking for praise. In fact, he thinks that he is just fulfilling his basic duties to the community. He had this to say on the matter:
“A lot of people get into volunteer work so that they can put it on their resume or brag about it to their coworkers. That’s just not how I operate. COVID-19 is a global pandemic that is affecting small communities all around the world. While governments need to step up to the plate to fight this terrible virus, regular people also must band together to show solidarity and strength. We cannot just sit back and wait for Coronavirus to go away on its own. We have to fight and do our civic duty. We need more people to donate time and money to help the medical workers on the front lines. This is the only way we can get through this crisis. We must do it together. Now is not the time to worry about who gets credit for their actions. We must forget about our selfishness and focus on the good of the community at the local, national, and global levels,” said Tzvi Odzer.