With Pesach just around the corner, Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) is warning community members to be careful regarding who they trust with their shaimos.
“Does anyone ever question what happens to their shaimos after they’ve paid someone to put it in the back of a truck?,” asked Assemblyman Hikind. “They should. Every year we encounter disasters in Boro Park, upstate New York, and in other communities where box upon box of shaimos are discovered abandoned and or otherwise treated with utter disrespect.
“Between the holidays of Purim and Passover, trucks are found all over the community conducting a lucrative business by accepting shaimos. Our community members diligently keep their shaimos safe all year long and I strongly urge that before they say goodbye to this shamos, they take the time to find out where it’s going. Ask lots of questions. Leave the shaimos in your basement until you know with certainty where it’s headed.
“Last year, our research led to the discovery that precious shaimos had been dumped in a landfill among garbage and dirty diapers. That’s certainly not where I want my shaimos to end up. After our discovery, I received many calls from community members who were heartbroken to learn that their shaimos was being treated disrespectfully or worse, left abandoned along the road.
“We’ve seen enough horror stories. So take the time to follow up before you trust just anyone with your shaimos.”