THEIR HUNGER HAS JUST TURNED INTO SOMETHING SO MUCH WORSE.
“My belly cries out from hunger, my body cries out from cold.” Thousands of Israeli boys and girls facing poverty are now unprotected from the cold winter – no coats, blankets, or heated homes.
For many in the U.S. and around the world, winter conjures warm memories and exciting plans: sledding with the family; outdoor ice skating; and hot cocoa around a warm fireplace. While some can spend $100 or more on a pair of Uggs boots, thousands of poverty stricken Jewish children consider a hat, gloves and a warm winter coat as luxuries far from their reach. Each night, a thin blanket or sheet is all that separates from their mattress to the cold, unheated air in their damp, mold-filled homes.
While Israel’s government and welfare departments work on long-term solutions, including job training, more financial help for ill parents, and more affordable housing solutions, Yad Ezra V’Shulamit has one goal: to make today better than yesterday, and to make tomorrow better than today, for a poor Israeli child.
Dire poverty is something we associate with Africa or India. It’s hard to grasp that major research studies show that Israeli poverty is actually worse than child poverty in Mexico. And now, in the middle of the winter, as thousands of Jewish boys and girls are battling the harsh and cold winter without proper attire, they hope you will open your warm heart and sponsor a child’s winter gear (coat, heater, blanket).
Yad Ezra V’Shulamit has a list of 1400 children who desperately need warm winter items. Please consider warming a Jewish child this winter – because poverty shouldn’t be happening here, in Israel.