Hometown Heroes: Community’s Children Step Up to Help the Home
Each year Dean and Brooke Collins, ages 11 and 9, make a donation in honor of their great-grandfather, Izzy Slome. This year, due to COVID-19, these young philanthropists chose the Los Angeles Jewish Home to be the recipient of $500 worth of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
Dean and Brooke wanted to donate to an organization in need, and determined that the Los Angeles Jewish Home's staff, true superheroes, would be the recipient of their generosity.
"I wanted to donate PPE to the superheroes at the Jewish Home for the Aging, because I really respect how they are risking their lives to protect families' elderly loved ones," says Brooke. Her older brother Dean added that helping others is important, "because we are not perfect and it's important to do good deeds to make up for this, and also because Judaism teaches us to do Tikkun Olam and repair the world."
Brooke and Dean came to drop off the PPE at the entrance of the Jewish Home on a very hot Tuesday in July with their mother, Dr. Brynie Collins, a Pediatric Gastroenterologist. They were also joined by their Pediatrician Dr. Daniel Bruckner, who the children fondly refer to as "Dr. Danny." Dr. Bruckner has been donating PPE to the Home, and Brooke and Dean "felt very proud to deliver the PPE, especially to help out Dr. Danny, too."
Their special gift and the love with which they gave it to the Home, is significant, helping the Home's staff to continue to provide the best quality of care, as safely as possible.
If you are interested in donating to the Home, please contact Corey Slavin, Vice President, Community Engagement, at 818.774.3031 or Corey.Slavin@jha.org.