Live Video - Florence Donations Provided by Birmingham Jewish Federation
Updated: Oct 23, 2018
The News Reporter's Justin Smith and Diana Matthews with Whiteville Native Heidi Enzor as they discuss Community CPR and organizing the donations and delivery of Hurricane Florence support items to the Columbus County Community.
by Diana Matthews:
Another generous gesture Friday morning reminded Columbus County residents that we are not alone in the recovery from Hurricane Florence. This time the support arrived in the form of a truckload of donated supplies from far-away friends.
Sisters Jennifer Kamin Kulbersh and Heidi Kamin Enzor engineered the collection and shipment of goods from the Jewish communities of Birmingham, Ala., and Atlanta, Ga.
Enzor and her husband Matt Enzor live in Leland.
The Enzors, with 6-year-old son Seth, evacuated to Birmingham to sit out the hurricane with Jennifer and Brian Kulbersh and their three children. Their mother Robin Kramer and stepfather Gary Kramer evacuated from Leland to Birmingham as well.
Community CPR Director Wallyce Todd leads a prayer with Kramer family members and other volunteers after unloading a shipment of donations for Hurricane Florence victims. Staff photo by Justin Smith
It was fun to have “all my grandkids around” for a few days, said Gary Kramer, who owned the former Kramer’s men’s clothing store in downtown Whiteville before moving to Leland several years ago. He and his family knew, however, that not everyone was as fortunate as they were to be out of harm’s way. News reports they watched of the destruction in Columbus County were upsetting.
Enzor and Kulbersh were born in Atlanta but grew up in Whiteville.
“Whiteville is still home to us,” Enzor said. She and her sister wanted to do something to help the many Columbus County people displaced by the storm and flooding, especially those who had little to begin with.
“We knew that the hurricane really hurt a lot of families,” she said. “We couldn’t believe how severe it was.”
Kulbersh and Enzor approached the Jewish Community Center in Birmingham about holding a flood relief drive and sending materials to the area.
“We got the community together to help our hometown,” Enzor said, using social media and JCC news bulletins.
Kulbersh spoke to leaders of the Jewish Federation in Atlanta, who enlisted help from the congregations of five Atlanta-area synagogues and the city’s Jewish Family and Career Services agency.
by Diana Matthew:Atlanta Jewish Times that Yisrael Frenkel, the Jewish Federation’s vice president of donor services, and others in Atlanta had boggled her mind with their helpfulness.