"The Head Huggers" is a true lifeline for many of the David Posnack Jewish Community Center members. Aline Zucker is the co-founder and leader of this group. Her husband had passed when this group formed 7 years ago, and through her own experience, she understands the impact that the group has on the members as a source of support, during good and challenging times.
All group volunteers are over 60; they meet for 4 hours, every Thursday throughout the year, and have knitted over 30,000 pieces since their inception. Ms. Zucker delivers the items to area hospitals in Broward, and through Aline’s outreach efforts; all of the yarn and supplies are donated.
The group, as a whole, feels a great sense of pride that their work is having a positive impact on the community. They have received numerous letters and accolades from patients, nurses, doctors and other hospital personnel that attest to the importance of their work and outreach. The Head Huggers also received the Congressional Medal of Honor, presented by Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, during the group’s anniversary celebration 2 years ago at the DPJCC.
The Head Huggers would not exist without Aline’s passion, leadership, diligence and determination to knit and crochet with a purpose. Aline Zucker is a true inspiration to the group, the staff of the DPJCC, and all the people she touches at the hospitals because her mission sees no age nor obstacles.
Aline Zucker is a true volunteer role model who delivers outstanding dedication and commitment to DPJCC and the Broward community, and merits recognition in the Broward Senior Hall of Fame.