School supplies for those in need - Yad Eliezer

School supplies for those in need - Yad Eliezer

Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. 6:48 AM

The war in Gaza is over, but the war on poverty has just begun. After a summer of economic collapse the residents of the poor communities in southern Israel will need a lot of help to get back on their feet. The many requests pouring into Yad Eliezer prove what everyone knows: The missiles caused a security risk, but also caused emotional trauma and financial distress. Parents who could not go to work, and business owners had no clients. The mission: to go back to normal!

The first day of first grade is supposed to be exciting and fresh, but little Miriam of Netivot isn't looking forward to it at all. Her parents promised her months ago that she would have a nice new backpack and school supplies for first grade, but her father, a taxi driver had almost no income this summer as everyone in the city stayed in their bomb shelters and his services were not needed. His income is tightly stretched to meet the family's needs under the best of circumstances, but this month it doesn't even come close. The new school year is only a couple of weeks away.

We want Miriam and others like her to start the school year on the right foot, so Yad Eliezer has ordered $110,000 worth of school supplies to be distributed in the south (10% is being donated by the suppliers). In addition we are strengthening our regular programs and providing baby formula, food boxes and emergency help to single parent families and to families struggling to survive the ravages of poverty.

Please help us help them get back to normal.

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