Chaveirim CJ Prevents Many Flat Tires by Collecting Nails and Screws from Roadway in Lakewood [PHOTOS]

Chaveirim CJ members on Friday cleaned up hundreds of nails strewn across a road in Lakewood after a box apparently fell off a vehicle.

The volunteers used magnetic sweepers to collect the items.

Via TLS Status.

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  1. I run a Gemach that delivers nails & screws to people in need. For example, a person needing one more nail to complete their Sukkah or a screw to properly hang their Mezuzah call me & I deliver the needed hardware free of charge. While on an emergency call (a principal needed a certain size nail to override the safety valves on the propane tanks for the Lag B’Omer bonfire on the roof of his Yeshiva) I was driving a little too fast & some nails fell out of my truck on to the road.
    I didn’t know what to do so I called my Ruv (& noted Posek) who told me it may be a Sofek case of “Leket” (gleaning) & I should leave the nails on the road for needy people to gather. I asked my Ruv about causing flat tires by leaving them on the road & he told me it’s best to be Machmir as anyone who gets a flat tire will surely take the nail home & put it to good use which may not technically be Leket but surely falls under “Chesed”
    I will call Chaverim to see if I can pickup the nails to put them back on the road to fulfill this rarely encountered Mitzvah.
    To anyone that suffered the aggravation & financial loss of a flat tire, you’re welcome! & Please use the nail in good health.
    Your humble servant,
    G’Mach Gary Guttentag

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