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Fellowship Volunteer Supports Scared Widow During Terror

Nina, a 76 year old widow from the former Soviet Union (FSU), lives in the Kiryat Menachem neighborhood of Jerusalem. She enjoys grocery shopping at one of the largest supermarkets in Israel, the Shufersal supermarket, which is located in an area outside of her neighborhood. She must take two buses to reach the market. But she enjoys traveling outside her home and is so thankful to The Fellowship for providing a food card, so she can buy weekly groceries and stay healthy.Last week Nina traveled to visit a friend in the Armon HaNatziv neighborhood in Jerusalem. While she waited for the bus to take her home, something strange happened. She saw a bus approaching when suddenly it stopped on the street about 20 feet from the bus stop."We couldn't understand why the bus came to such a short stop. Suddenly, we heard a loud shout proclaiming, ‘Allah Akbar,’ and passengers screaming inside the bus,” says Nina.  "We heard many gunshots and people became hysterical. We all understood it was a terror attack. Then police cars came.  It was the scariest thing I've ever experienced in my life. On the news I heard that a woman had been stabbed."Nina quickly made her way home, but she hasn't been the same since. "I'm afraid to leave the house,” Nina explains. "Every day we hear about more and more terror attacks. Young terrorists are walking around with knives.  Terrorists are running people over at bus stops.  I won't leave my apartment."At the end of the week, Nina found herself faced with another problem. "Thanks to The Fellowship I'm able to buy chicken, fish, vegetables, and fruit. But I only buy a little at a time. By the beginning of this week, I had no food left in my house, and I was afraid to leave."Once again The Fellowship came to the rescue. "I called Julie, my With Dignity and Fellowship coordinator and explained the problem. Immediately, she arranged for a volunteer to come to my house and do my shopping for me. The volunteer took my food card and brought me everything I need. She promised she'll be back next week to go to the supermarket for me.”Nina knows she wouldn’t be able to survive without The Fellowship. The love, support, and care volunteers provide is what gives her the strength to live through these fearful times:  "God should bless you with peace and everything you need. You help in every way possible. I can't tell you how grateful I am for all you do.  May your lives be filled with health and prosperity. Thank you."


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