Needy families who live in uninsulated, frigid, leaky apartments dread the winter months, trying to just make it through the season. Adults and children who don't own winter coats count the days until the season is over, as they pile one worn sweater on top of another in an attempt to stay warm.
Poverty means that parents of these families are constantly faced with the choice of buying their children an item of warm clothing or groceries. Nights are freezing without heavy blankets, and the walk to school feels so much longer and colder without a coat. When it's really cold, some kids just don't go to school.
At Yad Eliezer we are driven to help alleviate their suffering through our Winter Warmth Campaign. We've been preparing for months so that when winter hit, we'd be ready-and we are. That level of preparedness makes us one of the top Israeli charities.
Because the need is greater than ever, we've expanded our campaign this year by ordering, for the first time, 3,000 women's coats (at a cost of $27 each) in addition to 6,000 children's winter coats, ($18 each), 12,000 quilts ($12.50 each) and 600 heaters ($53 each). Thanks to a San Diego foundation and a Brooklyn donor, we were able to secure a large portion of our order in advance, which qualified us for a discounted cost.
But we need your help to help as many families as possible! You can make a difference in so many lives, bringing smiles and incredible relief to families as new coats are put on, heaters are activated and nights are made warm with thick, new blankets. These items seem simple. But they're life altering and bring unbelievable happiness to those so desperately in need.
Due to your generosity, last year we distributed 6,000 thick winter coats and 8,000 heavy blankets to the poor. This year we hope to distribute even more!
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