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Now that Passover is behind us, everyone has started shifting their focus back to their daily routines. Unfortunately, the children and families that rely on Yad Ezra V’Shulamit for food have the same routines all year round: live their lives as best as possible and hope that Yad Ezra V’Shulamit continues the stream of food and extracurricular activities to help break their cycle of poverty. They can’t afford to think to the next Jewish holiday. Every day is taken one day at a time.

Our point is this: there are many holidays in the Jewish calendar. The families we help to support need assistance year round, not only on specific days. Further complicating matters for these hungry families and children are the fact that they live in Israel – a not so easy place to live in with regard to the geopolitical map. Just last summer, Hamas launched thousands of rockets on Israeli cities and towns, and reached farther than they ever did before. While the rockets did relatively minimal damage (due to the readiness of the Israeli government and people on a whole), they did manage to shut down a lot of commerce and trade, which affected many of the underprivileged. Therefore, we helped deliver food baskets to the needy and even to the Israeli soldiers! This was accomplished directly because of your generous donations.

Israel’s Independence Day

In two weeks, the people of Israel will be celebrating Israel’s Independence Day, also known as “Yom Ha’atzma’ut.” This is one of the most joyous days of the year in Israel. All over the country, you can see millions of people celebrating over BBQ’s with their families or hiking through Israel’s national parks. Needless to say, the underprivileged relying on our organization will not have this luxury. In fact, celebrating this festive “holiday” isn’t even a priority on their list, as they are just looking for a hot meal every single day of the week. Put frankly, that day will be no different than others.

Your Support is Needed

Unfortunately, far too often potential donors rationalize and say to themselves, “someone else will donate” or “Yad Ezra V’Shulamit is so large that they don’t need my donation.” If it were only this simple…

In the last Gaza war (summer of 2014), we sent over 100 tons of food to Israel’s needy in bomb shelters. Try to picture 100 tons of food – or 200,000 pounds of food. That is a lot of food to donate, which costed a lot of money as well. Wars unfortunately continue to pop up and every day Yad Ezra V’Shulamit’s list of hungry people grows.

Now, it is true that Yad Ezra V’Shulamit is one of the largest Israel charities. However, because of this, we have thousands of individuals to help. Therefore, any donation would be greatly appreciated.

To help make a real difference in the lives of these hungry children and families this Yom Ha’atzma’ut, please donate now.