Congressman Bob Turner (NY-09) attended the Jewish Community Council of Marine Park's 4th Annual Project Machal Summer Que held last night, Monday, July 16th, at the Aviator Events Center at Floyd Bennett Field. Turner praised the JCC of Marine Park for its commitment to charity.
"Times are hard and many hard-working American families are struggling to get by. Many of them need extra help to make ends meet and put food on the table. Organizations such the Jewish Community Council of Marine Park, through its programs such as Project Machal, help to relieve some of the burden," Turner told those in attendance. "The Jewish Community Council of Marine Park runs a wide array of terrific programs and provides numerous helpful services to the community. Its commitment to charitable works is unquestionable. In particular, the work it does to provide food for community members struggling to make ends meet through Project Machal allows people who just don't have enough, to get the food they need to survive."
Turner noted the distinct nature of how Project Machal works and how it allows for those in need to maintain their dignity while seeking out help.
"The double-blind nature in which Project Machal is run distributes the money into accounts at a recipient's grocery store providing the recipient a line of credit. This is done without donors knowing who they are donating to and without store owners knowing the names of the recipients receiving funds. This appeals to the Jewish principle of giving anonymously and allows the recipients of these funds to maintain their dignity and not feel ashamed while they seek out the help they need."
Turner presented certificates to Shea Rubenstein, Executive Vice President of the JCC of Marine Park; Elan Kornblum of Great Kosher Restaurants.com; Jacob Abraham from Heavenly Events; JCC of Marine Park Board Member David Neuman; and JCC Special Projects Coordinator Mendy Rinkoff for their work to organize the event and their charitable efforts. As well, Congressman Turner presented a certificate to the husband and wife team of Victor Shine and Yona Love for creating this event four years ago and credited them for turning the event into what it is today.
Over 300 people donate between five and 10 dollars a week to the organization that has given out more than $100,000 to those in need over the course of this past year. To learn more about Project Machal and how to donate, visit: http://www.projectmachal.org/.
Congressman Bob Turner represents New York's 9th Congressional district and serves on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, and House Committee on Homeland Security.