Bags of Hope
The Julia and Irwin Schecker Bags of Hope program, dedicated by Larry Schecker in loving memory of his parents, was established by Chabad of Rockville in 2020 during the COVID-19 global pandemic which saw so many in our community struggling with food insecurity. The program consists of weekly food distributions directly to needy individuals in our community and periodic food collection campaigns to help keep the shelves of the local food pantries, including the Capital Kosher Pantry of Yad Yehuda, are well stocked.
Please read below to learn more about the Scheckers, their legacy of community work, and how you can make meaningful difference in lives of those in need by supporting the Bags of Hope program.
My parents, Julia and Irwin Schecker, left me, my brother David, and my children Justin and Sarah many different legacies and memories. I am particularly grateful for their legacy of service to others. As far back as I can remember volunteer work was a priority for Mom. She volunteered at South Nassau Hospital on Long Island and Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. When my parents moved to Orlando she volunteered at Give Kids the World, helping bring ill children to Disney World. And when they moved to Silver Spring she volunteered at the Wings of Fancy Butterfly exhibit at Brookside Gardens. Not to mention volunteer work at the various synagogues. Dad’s volunteer work included serving on the Board of their synagogues in Chicago and Orlando, and the homeowners associations of their homes in Orlando and at Leisure World. They left their children and grandchildren quite a legacy.
It is in this spirit that I hope to follow. The need is great in our community on many ways. These are difficult times for all of us and seeing food lines breaks my heart. Chabad of Rockville's weekly Bags of Hope food distributions and the Capital Kosher Pantry of Yad Yehuda are in desperate need of contributions to continue to provide for those in need.
I am asking you to help in memory of Julia and Irwin’s legacy of volunteering. Please make a donation below to help this vital effort or, if you're able, fill a shopping bag with kosher non perishable staples, and I'd be happy to pick it up and deliver it to the Pantry.
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לעילוי נשמות ישראל בן צבי חירש וידשהה בת חיים
Julia and Irwin Schecker