Inside the home...
Did you know that most apartments in Israel are poorly insulated, if at all?
It gets very cold very quickly inside! Leaks in the home are also common, with moisture and harmful mold rapidly damaging walls and ceilings. Average Israeli families fight these effects by turning on the heat, snuggling under warm blankets and calling in a repairman whenever necessary.
It’s an entirely different story for needy Israeli families. The winter is unbearable when they can’t afford to pay their electric bill to keep the heat on, or patch the leaks in order to live in a respectable environment. Quilts are expensive and Yad Eliezer has met countless families who've resorted to using layers of towels as blankets to keep warm.
Going outside the home is another challenge. A good winter coat is a huge expense for a poor family, especially one that has multiple children. Some wintry days, children from needy backgrounds can’t venture out at all for lack of a coat, even to go to school.
Parents of these families are constantly faced with impossible choices: keeping the heat on for a few hours a day or buying their children a proper coat or blanket, or giving up on either, in order to buy groceries.
There are more families who will be struggling with these choices this winter than ever before, due to the COVID 19 epidemic and the unemployment & need it has created. At Yad Eliezer we are driven to alleviate their suffering through our Winter Warmth Campaign. We've been preparing for months so that when winter hits, we’ll be ready. 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 4,000 young women's coats (at a cost of $27 each) 6,500 children's winter coats, ($18 each), 10,000 quilts ($12 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.
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.
Please help us help these families, so they won't have to make such difficult choices this year.
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