What do Israeli soldiers say they really need right now? Clean socks and soap. But what would they want right now, if asked? A cold drink, their favorite snack, maybe even … a slice of pizza.
For combat soldiers in Gaza and at the border in the blazing desert heat of the Middle Eastern summer, a small taste of comfort and home goes a long way.
People have been asking how to help, and there is a tangible way to do so.
Around the world, people have been organizing care packages for soldiers in the Israel Defense Forces, raising funds for supplies and staples, such as socks, shoes, snacks, T-shirts, shampoo, toothpaste and other toiletries, wipes and mosquito repellent. Many of these packages also include a note or letter from supporters around the world, especially from children.
It’s a way to stand with Israel from afar.
Individual Chabad centers abroad have been organizing their own efforts in this regard almost from the time Israeli troops were called up. For example, Chabad-Lubavitch of Winnipeg in Canada, co-directed by Rabbi Shmuel and Adina Altein, helped jump-start a move where supplies purchased from a store in Ofakim, Israel, are delivered to troops as they come out of Gaza to rest and recharge. It’s a two-prong bonus: helping the soldiers and boosting small businesses in southern Israel. (To assist click here)
Volunteer Gruny Tzvin wrote on the blog for the effort: “Today, I personally went to deliver our packages at the border. What an amazing experience … thanks to all of you for the opportunity. Please continue to support [this effort] so we can keep helping our soldiers and the small businesses in the south. All personal messages are so appreciated by the soldiers, so keep them coming—I print them and put them in the packages.”
Chabad emissaries around Israel, as well as representatives of the Chabad Youth Organization in Israel and its Chabad Terror Victims Project, are delivering much-needed staples and treats in their regular visits to bases just outside the Gaza border, and are requesting aid from all who wish to assist in the effort.
Volunteers at Chabad of Chevron have been visiting the soldiers daily on the Gaza border with goodies, drinks, real food and lots of love and Tefillin.
The Rebbe—Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory—encouraged mitzvot and positive action to help bring peace and goodness into the world. Individual good deeds, no matter how small they might seem, perpetuate the legacies of those who have fallen and ensure the continued safety of all those under attack.