NEW CITY – Rockland County Legislator Aron Wieder joined Masbia CEO Alexander Rapaport to help load two trucks with food and cleaning supplies bound for Afghan refugees currently living at Fort Dix in New Jersey.
Rapaport, the executive director of the Masbia Soup Kitchen Network, is the main organizer of the relief effort. Wieder and Rapaport worked together on a similar relief effort in August, collecting food and other items and loading two truck trailers in Spring Valley that were shipped to Haiti in the aftermath of an August 14 earthquake.
An estimated 9,000 Afghan refugees are living in Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, U.S. military base they refer to as “Liberty Village.”
The refugees fled as the capital city of Kabul fell to the Taliban in August. They are being vetted before being allowed to resettle to relatives’ homes or other locations.
“Can you imagine struggling to get a plane ride out of a city as it is falling, not knowing where you are going or how you will survive when you get there,”
said Rapaport. “This uncertainty is exactly what the survivors of the Holocaust experienced. We want to be able to help people who are running from war zones. We want them to know that we understand and share their pain and that we will help in whatever way we can.”
Volunteers who heled loaded the boxes in the trucks wrote or spray-painted on each box, “With Love from the Jewish Community” and “Welcome to USA.”