Project Spotlight: Christmas in Jerusalem
The Fellowship | January 5, 2021
As a part of our holiday help this year, not only did we visit Jewish elderly to drop off Hanukkah gift packages, we also visited elderly Christians to bring Christmas cheer!
In December, The Fellowship hosted a Christmas tree lighting at the Christian Quarter Elderly Club. Staff and volunteers also distributed food boxes to elderly and clothing cards to children while singing Christmas carols.
To watch a heart-warming reaction from one of East Jerusalem’s Christians receiving his Christmas donation, check out the video footage here.
In Israel, the needy aren’t just Jewish. Impoverished Israeli Christians also struggle with the impossible decision of buying groceries or buying medicine. They simply don’t have enough money for both. The realities of poverty sting even more at the holidays. And elderly who live alone feel especially isolated when they wish they could be surrounded by loved ones.
Michael, an elderly Arab Christian who lives alone, had this to say of the visit: “I’m grateful and I thank The Fellowship for the gift. At this age, a person can feel like an orphan. Especially during this period of disease, we’re afraid of visiting neighbors and friends. This visit today gives us courage!”
Yassar affirmed that this is precisely why The Fellowship is needed: “Covid-19 is a really hard time for the elderly. There is much more loneliness. The Fellowship and our volunteers are more important than ever. This help is really lifesaving. We could not do it without our supporters in Israel and around the world.”
With the help of Fellowship friends, we visited so many precious elderly people to spread joy and light this holy season.