NEW YORK, New York – The Orthodox Union (OU), the largest umbrella organization for the North American Orthodox Jewish community, has launched an emergency campaign to raise funds for much-needed oxygen concentrators for India as it fights a COVID-19 pandemic surge.
India is facing a skyrocketing number of COVID-19 cases and an over-stretched medical system that simply cannot accommodate the number of cases. This situation is magnified in rural areas, where there are even fewer resources. Thousands of people are dying every day and the devastation is overwhelming. These deaths could be prevented if only the country had adequate oxygen concentrators and medical equipment.
The OU is asking member of the Jewish community to donate $18 to help India’s beleaguered healthcare system with the aim of collectively acquiring and donating 50,000 oxygen concentrators, each one capable of helping up to 1,100 people.
“We have the opportunity to participate in saving lives and we must do our part. As the Rambam so beautifully taught, the extent of our compassion and our concern goes beyond our own community and God’s goodness extends to everyone,” said OU Executive Vice President Rabbi Moshe Hauer. “While we continue to focus so much of our energy and resources on the troubling increase in antisemitic attacks around the world, we remain mindful of the trials faced by others. As citizens of the world, it is our responsibility to help those in India during this difficult time.”
To donate, visit: https://www.ou.org/crisis-in-india/.