The southern city of Ashkelon in Israel leads as the most targeted city by Hamas, with rockets aimed at their residential areas on a daily basis.
Once the code red siren blares, residents of the coastal city 13 kilometers (8.1 mi) north of the border with the Gaza Strip, have less than 30 seconds to run for their lives and to get to a safe area. Therefore, many people are afraid to leave the safety of their home and to leave their children alone.
It is for this reason that Chabad of Ashkelon has established an emergency operation to provide relief of educational and humanitarian needs in the city.
Over 1200 hot meals are distributed daily. The meals are intended to help mothers who are struggling to watch their children and run their household, elderly who spend their time in bomb shelters, and just about anyone whose life is disrupted as a result of the current war situation.
The situation is exacerbated by the fact that the children are spending their summer vacation in bomb shelters instead of summer camps. The meals to the shelters help alleviate some of the strain and stress of the situation.
This Friday, volunteers have expanded the program to make sure that no family should miss a Shabbat meal.
“The Meals Program is a lifesaver for so many of the families,” Shliach Rabbi Menachem Lieberman said. “We would like to thank a very kind donor who underwrites more than 50% of the costs, and helps up provide this lifesaver for so many families.”
Chabad of Askelon has started a campaign to raise money to purchase Leatherman wire cutters and knives for front line soldiers. This tool can sometimes save their life – by having these tools on hand.
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