Quite some time ago, we decided to start writing about the various families and children that we help on a day to day basis. In fact, the reason we started this writing segment is because of the emails we received from donors who were interested in the overall success. And wrote we did. It’s been roughly two years now, and our donors can’t get enough of these success stories! And, we’re happy to be the ones providing the details. So when we received emails from families that we helped, we were stunned! Until now, we were the only ones updating our donors. Well, it seems the families wanted to get in on the action!
One of the families we have helped (this past winter) recently wrote in to us to tell their story and have it featured on the Yad Ezra V’Shulamit website. So without further ado, here is the story of one family that desperately needed help during the cold winter months:
Imagine wearing a long sleeve t-shirt and skirt in 30ºF (-1ºC) weather virtually every winter day and night. You’d be dealing with constant sickness and a runny nose. Such was the case for this family just a few short months ago. The father passed away and the responsibilities fell solely on the mother. And the children? There are four of them, all daughters, who are too young to work. The financial situation was so bad that the mother had no money to buy each girl a winter coat. The sad truth was that there was one coat to be shared between all four sisters.
Naturally, the sisters weren’t physically well compared to their peers. And, they were always cold. No, freezing. Outside of hunger, no child should have to endure this type of lifestyle. And yet, here they were.
Luckily, Yad Ezra V’Shulamit runs a “Coat Program” every winter, to ensure that young needy children in the Israeli community have warm coats throughout the winter. This program has garnered so much attention, response, and donations, that we were able to distribute hundreds of coats this past winter. It was a resounding success!
Due to this program and the success it achieved, these four sisters not only received individual coats but also warm boots. This was especially critical for them as they reside in the Jerusalem area – one of the coldest places in Israel during the winter season.
With the help of our generous donors, next year’s Coat Program should see the same success as what we saw this past winter.