For poor families, summertime is an extended time of suffering
The phrase “summer vacation” usually conjures up images of the shining sun, beaches, ice cream, family trips, laughter and smiling faces...
There's a stark difference though, between those happy images and reality for impoverished families in Israel, for whom summertime is no vacation-this year, especially.
Trying to get through the summer is more daunting than ever before for families who already scrape to get by, and are in even worse condition due to covid 19 job losses. Many are single parent homes led by mothers or fathers who are trying their best to raise their children without additional support, but are suffering. Thousands of other families-in-need were previously stable, but are newly impoverished as a result of the health crisis. They're not only nervous-they're frightened.
At Yad Eliezer, applications for food aid have been pouring in. Parents are really struggling and they simply cannot afford the cost of healthy food for their families. Plus, with their children stuck at home all day due to program closures or the inability to pay for what is available, the need - and expense - for food only increases.
Other urgencies include rent payments and help with utility bills to ensure that if there is air conditioning in the home, it can remain functional during the long, sweltering Israeli summer. Medical expenses have no season and tutoring costs in preparation for school are exorbitant.
But any need in the home of a family that suffers from poverty is exorbitant. And with so much upheaval and uncertainty due to this crisis, summer has become a season of anxiety and instability.
As one of the biggest Jewish charities that help the poor, we are working to combat this through ourSummer Relief Campaign.You can help, too.Your donations to this program are crucial-they willhelp keep children fed and homes functionalduring the long summer break, giving families that are in desperate need, a bit of a break, too.
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