The Fellowship Hotline, launched just last year, provides anyone in need in Israel a place to call to get help. This year during Passover, the number of requests for assistance tripled. The Hotline received 400 calls a day! One generous donation allowed us to help an elderly woman celebrate the Passover seder in dignity.
This donation came when our Fellowship staff member Linor received a call from a reporter at the Israeli Maariv newspaper. The reporter's mother wanted to donate her tickets to a special Passover seder at the Ramada Hotel.
Linor told the other Fellowship Hotline operators about the donation and the staff immediately went to work. The goal was to find two needy people from Jerusalem who didn’t have any family to celebrate the holiday, and would enjoy a Passover seder in a fancy hotel.
To the delight of the Hotline staff, they found a childless woman and a disabled man who were moved to tears by the offer.
The woman, Penina, is an impoverished 65-year-old immigrant from Iran. The Fellowship provided Penina with transportation to the hotel, and the Maariv reporter gave her an envelope with money so she could return home in a taxi.
Penina said she feels blessed to have a friend like The Fellowship during Passover.
“I'm a lonely and childless person. Although I do have some family, I don't have anywhere to go for the holiday. Today The Fellowship has made me happy and given me a reason to smile and not cry. I won't forget the angels who sent you to me.”
May we always have the opportunity to perform good deeds and acts of kindness.