By Leora Fischman | October 18, 2018
Joined by the International Orthodox Christian Charities, we began work on a house which had been flooded with over four feet of water. While tearing up carpets, clearing out mattresses, and removing cabinets, we searched for anything from bed frames to pictures that could be salvaged. Luckily, there were a few items which were up high enough that they could be saved. Unfortunately, though, much of it needed to be brought out to the curb for garbage pickup. One such item was a very large mattress, which was so waterlogged, it needed six people to help carry it out.
After four and a half hours of intense work, we went to a second home that had been almost completely flooded. Some rooms which had been vacuumed out before we got there had water marks going up to the ceiling. After demolishing wall units and shelves, we started clearing out the rooms. We shoveled children’s toys, dolls, and stuffed animals, along with clothing, beds, and more into wheelbarrows to be thrown out. As the day came to an end, we proceeded to the Chabad of Wilmington where we heard a speech from the Rabbi, and enjoyed a delicious barbecue. Once we finished, we went to Funplex where we drove go karts, played mini golf, and enjoyed a game of laser tag.
Thanks to NCSY, we were given the amazing opportunity to do a tremendous amount of work, help these homeowners start the process of rebuilding their lives, gained new skills, and experienced what it means to do true chessed; helping others no matter the circumstances. The lessons we learned on this amazing trip, such as appreciating what we have and to always help others will stay with us and help us achieve more throughout our lives.
By Leora Fischman