Readers of our blog are now familiar with our weekly “Success” column. It is in this column that we inform our donors of various success stories we are seeing each week. This has been an incredible column according to the feedback we have received. However, several weeks ago we received a request to start engaging our audience with different stories – stories of children who are on the waiting list for the Yad Ezra V’Shulamit Children’s Center. So without further ado, allow us to introduce you to some special children who are in desperate need of your support.
Gazelle is an eight year old girl who lives in Jerusalem with her mother and three younger brothers (ages six, five and three). Aside from the father not being around, Gazelle had a fairly normal upbringing from the time she was born up until a few weeks ago. That is when everything started going downhill.
As we mentioned, the father of these four children unfortunately is not in the picture. This obviously puts a lot of stress on the mother to care for her children. Shockingly, the mother was able to accomplish this hard feat. In fact, she made it look easy. She was working full time, even when the children were younger and needed to be picked up from day care at an early hour. Although they were living paycheck to paycheck, the mother provided all of the care the children needed – food, a warm home, and a loving environment. But in an instant, that all changed.
A few weeks ago, the mother experienced a devastating car accident. To this day, she has undergone (and is still undergoing) several surgeries. She is now disabled and thus does not have the ability to take care of her young children anymore. To add insult to injury, they were living paycheck to paycheck. There were no savings. The family is in need of help NOW.
It is true that we have moved them to the top of the waiting list, however that is where they currently stand – outside, and not inside, our soup kitchen.
Please consider making a donation to help Gazelle, her young siblings and her mother in order to help alleviate some of the current pressures of daily life.