Since 2012, GivingTuesday has been a global generosity movement, unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world. Now, more than ever, the power of donors are needed at KleinLife.
“At a time when we are all experiencing the pandemic, KleinLife is making sure that our most vulnerable are fed,” mentions Andre Krug, President & CEO of KleinLife. “Donors have the power to make a positive change in the lives of others and this is a fundamental value anyone can act on.”
Back in March when COVID shut down the state of Pennsylvania, KleinLife reached out to hundreds of their senior participants at all 4 of their locations to ease their anxieties about when their next meal would be. At that time, frozen kosher catered meals were delivered weekly to about 700 seniors. The operation grew over the past several months until KleinLife realized it wasn’t financially sustainable. They called upon Philadelphia Corporation for Aging, Jewish Federation of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Foundation, Meals on Wheels America, and more to help offset the costs of the meals. “We didn’t want to charge seniors for these meals,” said Krug. “The last thing we wanted to do was worry a senior who was already concerned about their health and safety.”
Although the supply of the meals continues to be a financial challenge, KleinLife still delivers weekly meals to homebound seniors and now offers free meals to seniors through Philadelphia Corporation for Aging’s Grab & Go Meal Pick Up program.
Donations through GivingTuesday and the days after will give hope to KleinLife continuing their limited operations and what lies ahead for when they can open their doors at full capacity once more. “Our agency is so special to the community,” Krug said, “that we will do everything we possibly can to ensure our services don’t stop. Our donors and future donors are very much a part of that and we thank them for helping to continue our vision for a better world.”