THS volunteers continue to be hard at work as schools have rolled back into session in recent weeks. A late night delivery by Jacob Kaplan-Davis came in at 8:30 p.m. on the Thursday before Rosh Hashanah, a Jewish holiday representing the new year. Kaplan-Davis realized the request by Ms. Midgove was extremely time-sensitive as the groceries were in relation to the holiday..
“This was a case of a senior reaching out to THS out of need and necessity, not just as a nice alternative,” Kaplan-Davis explained. “I felt an obligation to my community and the older generation to help with this delivery.”
It usually takes one to two days to match a volunteer with a delivery request, but in this situation Kaplan-Davis knew the delivery was imminent. He expected to pick up the bundle of groceries and quickly drop them off, but came to realize Ms. Midgove’s order had not been previously collected and rushed to the store to gather the 15 or so items.
“Ms. Midgove was incredibly grateful and left me a thank you card and also wrote three follow-up emails thanking me further. I am happy to have been able to make such a big difference in Ms. Midgove’s new year celebration!”
Kaplan-Davis wants to note the importance of helping your neighbors in times of need. ““Although it may be slightly inconvenient or out of the way, a small sacrifice on your end can make a huge difference to someone else,” he said.