The Fellowship Crisis Hotline is a resource available to anyone in Israel. Callers to the hotline ask for help with food, clothing, medical aid, employment, furniture, housing, legal assistance, and more.
However, sometimes, instead of receiving calls from people in desperate need, we receive calls from those want to help, like Sima:
Recently, the Fellowship Crisis Hotline received a call from Sima, a mother of seventh grade twins who were about to celebrate their bar mitzvah, a Jewish ceremony that happens after a boy’s 13th birthday.
Sima lives near the Be’er Sheva region in southern Israel. She informed the Hotline that she wanted to organize a unique bar mitzvah celebration for her children. Along with seven other friends of her sons, she wanted plan a time for her sons and friends to volunteer by serving Holocaust survivors in need.
The Hotline staff contacted Carmit Avitan, The Fellowship’s field coordinator in Be'er Sheva, and asked her to organize the activity.
On Thursday, February 1, as part of the Fellowship’s Winter Warmth project, Carmit arranged for the children to distribute warm blankets and food packages to the elderly, including Holocaust survivors, in the city. Every elderly person also received cake and tea that had been prepared by the children.
Carmit reported that the event was very successful. The children not only distributed material goods, they also helped alleviate the loneliness experienced by the elderly.
Carmit told us that the children and their parents are interested in continuing to volunteer with the elderly during the course of the year! This is just one example of how the Fellowship Crisis Hotline helps those who need it most.