It’s that time of the week again: “Success” – presented by Yad Ezra V’Shulamit, enabled by people like you!

As you are likely well aware by now, we have a consistent flow of hungry people walking through our doors on any given day. These are people from all different backgrounds of life. The beauty of Yad Ezra V’Shulamit is that we do not pick and choose who we help. If there are hungry people in Israel, we will do everything in our power to help alleviate the hunger (and subsequent stress). Since our inception well over a decade ago, just think about how many people have come to us for help! Thus, writing this specific column is difficult for us each time we do it. Nevertheless, it is something we feel is important. Our donors need to know where their hard earned money is going and just how supportive our organization can be to people in need.

That said, allow us to introduce you to this week’s success story: Sarah. Sarah came to us last year as a habitually sad little girl. This, in turn, had a stark negative impact on her communication skills. She wouldn’t dare talk to the other kids in our Children’s Center. Additionally, she would come in starving every day. When we gave her food, she would scarf it down as if it was her last meal. To make matters worse, both of her parents are deeply dysfunctional. Both of the parents do not work and as such, there is no food in the house. Essentially speaking, they cannot supply Sarah with what she needs – both emotionally and physically. Yet, the parents themselves did recognize this and thus sent Sarah to us in the hopes she would have a good shot at a better future. This was an excellent decision by the parents.

In the beginning, Sarah was hesitant to come to our Center. However, over just a few weeks, she finally started looking forward to coming despite her lack of connection to anyone. Our dedicated counselors worked with her slowly to be more open to playing with others, talking to them and being a part of all the activities we offer. They gained her trust and she is now comfortable, she eats calmly as she is reassured all the time that there will always be enough food for her, and she joins various programs willingly. She especially looks forward to the time of day when we pray for “the nice people who give us food.”

Stories like these are great, and they are plentiful. None of this would be possible without your donations. It is important for you to know that even if you made a spur of the moment decision to donate (even a small amount), your contributions help even more than you realize. With that, we thank you for all you have given.