Fellowship Dramatically Increases Emergency Aid to War-Torn Southern Israel
$3 Million Package Includes Additional $1 million to Support Desperate the Most Vulnerable Citizens in Rocket-Riddled Communities
As Israel is forced to defend herself from terrorist rocket attacks, the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (The Fellowship) continues to do its part to secure and support the most vulnerable members of Israeli society. In the past 15 days, over 2040 rockets have been fired at Israel and over half of them have hit targets in the Holy Land. US flights are canceled into Tel Aviv for the next 24 hours and calls to Fellowship emergency hotlines have escalated. Due to the increased demand for aid, The Fellowship has again expanded its assistance, announcing an additional $1 million in aid to the region.
“As soon as this crisis began, The Fellowship established emergency hotlines and command centers so the homebound elderly could call for help,” said Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, The Fellowship’s founder and president. “We began a massive flow of critical aid and volunteers to help the most vulnerable, particularly the elderly and families with young children who are trapped in the line of fire.”
“Then, when Israel’s defensive ground operation into Gaza was announced, we knew that terrorists would respond with more rocket attacks that have already caused death, trauma, and fear, and made life unlivable for residents of the region, especially the most vulnerable. With this additional $1 million in aid, our volunteers will expand our outreach to provide more meals and hope to thousands of elderly who feel alone and forgotten; we are increasing funds to trauma centers; we’ll continue to provide emergency kits to first responders, and so much more.”
One elderly Israeli had this to say about The Fellowship’s efforts: “My illness made me understand what it means to rely on people. The most important thing is to grow old with dignity and not to be cast away in old age. The Fellowship is the only organization that takes care of the elderly both in times of emergency and routine. I’ve also received Fellowship food cards before the holidays and it helps more than you can imagine.” Another commented, “Sometimes I feel as if no one is taking care of the elderly who are in my position. That’s why I appreciate The Fellowship so much.”
Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, Founder and President of The Fellowship said, “I am overwhelmed by the generous support of our Christian friends. Were it not for our Christian supporters around the world who give selflessly and sacrificially to help Israelis in crisis, none of this lifesaving assistance would have been possible. They truly are acting as a light in Israel’s darkest hour.”
About The Fellowship
The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (The Fellowship) was founded in 1983 to promote better understanding and cooperation between Christians and Jews, and build broad support for Israel. Today it is one of the leading forces in helping Israel, and Jews in need worldwide – and is the largest channel of Christian support for Israel. Led by its founder and president Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, The Fellowship now raises more than $130 million per year, mostly from Christians, to assist Israel and the Jewish people. Since its founding, The Fellowship has raised more than $800 million for this work. The organization has offices in Jerusalem, Chicago, Toronto, and Seoul.
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