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Commonpoint Queens prepares and delivers Hanukkah care
packages to seniors and fl eece blankets to families in need
BY CARLOTTA MOHAMED
Commonpoint Queens and their team
of volunteers and staff prepared and
delivered Hanukkah care packages to 200
homebound senior households, in addition
to 150 fl eece blankets to families in
need during the holiday season.
Th e organization had also distributed
care packages for Th anksgiving, and will
do so prior to Christmas.
“We are all missing seeing our family this
holiday season but our seniors are particularly
vulnerable. Th e COVID-19 pandemic
has left many older adults socially isolated,
depressed and anxious,” said Danielle
Ellman, CEO of Commonpoint Queens.
“By delivering Hanukkah care packages,
we remind the senior community that
while we may need to be physically apart
this holiday season, we are here for them.”
Commonpoint Queens’ second project
of double-layered hand-knotted no-sew
fl eece blankets was made possible thanks
to a $1,000 grant from Ponce Bank and a
$1,200 grant from Shrimad Rajchandra
Love and Care’s Queens food drive.
About 22 members from the food pantry
delivered 125blankets on Dec. 9 that
their youth group made to Commonpoint
Queens’ food pantry.
“We see families struggling with food
insecurity and many other needs every
day at the pantry. Seeing children helping
children is a bright spot,” said Jay Rojas,
food pantry coordinator. “Th e blankets
are very much needed and everyone loves
On behalf of Commonpoint Queens,
Ellman expressed gratitude to Ponce Bank
and Shrimad Rajchandra Love and Care
Queens for their support.
“We were able to provide more than 150
babies and children with wonderful cuddly
blankets for the holidays,” Ellman said.
“Each blanket was put together by one of
our incredible team of volunteers of all
ages. Th is was truly a project that comes
from and goes straight to the heart. We
are very grateful for their support in helping
us as we serve the community during
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