For Immediate release
April 26th 2007

Date of event coverage May 3rd

Chabad Responds to Tragedy with Mitzvah Drive

” A little light dispels lot darkness," said Rabbi Plotkin of the Chabad student center.

 As the nation began the transition from shock to mourning one day after the deadliest shooting attack in American history, the network of more than 100 campus Chabad Houses declared a "Week of Goodness and Kindness" as a way to honor the memory of the slain. The goal of the effort, according to organizers, is simple: to translate the pain of grief into the healing of positive action.

  In this spirit The Chabad Student Group @ New Paltz will be partnering with Hillel to give SUNY New Paltz students a chance to SAVE 125 LIVES. With the sponsorship of “Gift Of Life Foundation” 125 students will get the opportunity to be tested and entered into the international bone marrow registry in the hopes of being a match to someone with a life threatening disease.

The drives will take place on the SUNY New Paltz Campus on Wednesday evening (May 2nd) from 8pm-9pm in Crispell Hall and Thursday (May 3rd) from 11am-1pm outside on the JFT Concourse.

The Lubavitcher Rebbe taught of the need to turn tears into action. “In the light of this horror,” stated Bracha Plotkin, director of Chabad of New Paltz “we urge students to increase in acts of goodness and kindness”. “Jewish tradition teaches that each person is created in the Divine image,” explained plotkin, in reference to the carnage at V-Tech and State University in Blacksburg, Va. that left 32 victims dead and more than 20 injured. "All those affected by this tragedy are in our thoughts and prayers. Let’s give students a chance to positively affect the world around them.”

We urge students to come out and participate, the screening is simple and un-invasive and the cause is unbelievable. Volunteers who wish to help with running the drive are urged to call 255-8191 or check out the web site www.Jewpaltz.com