Last week Jerusalem was hit with a combination of freezing temperatures, gale winds, torrential rain, snow, and sleet. There were power outages in several areas and many of the most vulnerable elderly residents were unable to leave their apartments, which were bitterly cold.
The Fellowship took several measures to ensure that these elderly would survive the storm. Staff and volunteers distributed 100 blankets and 20 space heaters, some to needy families and elderly who had contacted The Fellowship for help. Fellowship staff also distributed blankets and heaters to needy people in their own neighborhoods.
After The Fellowship’s Israel office received a request for additional heaters from Jerusalem’s director of social services, they ordered and delivered 100 more heaters to needy families on the welfare list.
Here is the story of just one of the many recipients of this needed winter assistance:
No Longer Cold and Alone
Loisa, 83, made aliyah (immigrated to Israel) from the former Soviet Union almost 20 years ago. She was born in Ukraine, but when the Nazis entered the country in 1941, she and her mother were evacuated to Uzbekistan. Her father was killed during the war.
Loisa found work as an electrical engineer, but due to health problems, she has been unable to work since she came to Israel. She never married, and because it is hard for her to leave her home, she has not made any friends in Jerusalem. She had resigned herself to spending the winter cold and alone.
But thankfully, Loisa recently received the gifts of warmth and companionship when Fellowship staff and volunteers visited her to deliver a heating check and blanket. She is so grateful for the help in surviving the cold winter months, and even more grateful to know she is not alone.