“In the name of my soldiers, I want to thank you for the generous assistance you’ve provided us with, in honor of Pesach. It is like an “or gadol”, bringing bright light into our lives. Davka in these times, your donors’ support is really helping us, allowing us to continue working on behalf of Am Yisrael and protecting the country.” -IDF commander, March 19, 2020
“My chayalim are so grateful to your donors! You have no idea how happy your help is making them-especially these days, when the situation is so hard, with soldiers’ parents and spouses losing their jobs...This aid is helping them very, very, very much with Pesach expenses. Please send on our thanks, m’kol ha’lev (with all our hearts)!” -IDF officer, March 22, 2020
With all they do during their army service, it’s hard to imagine that thousands of IDF soldiers are actually impoverished. Sadly, poverty among Israeli soldiers is not a new phenomenon, but one that is only intensified when the holidays come around.
It is a phenomenon that Yad Eliezer works to combat.
Our Holiday Program for IDF Soldiers aims to help three basic categories of chayalim:
â–º Soldiers from impoverished homes and lone soldiers living in the country with no support
â–º Married soldiers whose army stipends are simply not large enough to adequately provide for their families
â–º Demobilized soldiers who are pursuing an education and are in need of financial assistance
Each year we reach out to provide holiday food aid for these soldiers in need. With Pesach quickly approaching and the health crisis creating even more challenges for them, their need - and that of their families - is greater than ever. But with your help we can make a difference. We aim to raise $250,000 which will be matched by a U.S. foundation, totaling an incredible $500,000! These crucial funds will be distributed to soldiers in the form of supermarket gift cards, enabling them to purchase wine and matza plus other necessities for their Pesach seder and the duration of the chag. The assistance transforms the home environment from one of anxiety and worry into one of joy and dignity.
Every donation counts: a contribution of just $50 will provide $100 worth of food purchases for a needy soldier.
Together, we can help 3,550 soldiers and their families celebrate Zman Cheiruseinu unburdened by the weight of poverty
All donations are U.S. and Israeli tax-deductible.
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