Hundreds of Israelis, including those from rocket-battered communities in the Gaza periphery, are mobilizing to help suffering civilians on the opposite side of the border.

The drive began last Thursday, even before the ceasefire. Two young women from the rocket-battered Sderot area began the drive as a private initiative just with other southern residents but it has, in a few short days, mushroomed into a national project as Israelis from across the country heard through word of mouth and through a short interview that one of the founders held on a radio station and wanted to participate.

“We don’t represent a side, we just see an immediate need for blankets for people who have nothing to cover them at night and milk for infants who have nothing to eat” said one of the young founders of the project.

“Within two minutes of the interview, I had 40 voice messages. The response has been overwhelming. Schools have called asking how they can help. A father called who had three sons serving in the IDF in Gaza. A woman called who had a mortar fall on her house.”

One of the volunteers, also from a Gaza-bordered Kibbutz that was repeatedly hit by Hamas mortars, said, “”You feel the humanitarian situation. Most people here say Hamas brought this upon them, but we’re still talking about children who we will have to live with in the future. The people who are closest to this should do the most. It’s a basic humanitarian act.”

How YOU can help the civilian victims of Hamas in Gaza:
EQUIPMENT NEEDED
Blankets, mattresses, sleeping bags, tents
Dry foods: Flour, sugar, salt, mineral water, pulses, hummus, lentils rice, powered milk, tea, tinned beef (luf), Tuna
Hygienic products: detergent dish soap, body soaps, washing powder, cloth diapers, toothbrushes, toothpaste, towels, house cleaning agents, underwear, shampoo
Baby products : Disposable diapers all sizes ,cloth diapers ,maternal and all other baby milk formulas, powered milk
large plastic sheeting
Additional way of donation, is buy buying a blanket for 5 shekels: Call SARAH 0542297791 for details on how to donate a blanket from afar in this way

The collection will continue until the 21st of January at 14.00, when the equipment will be taken by Lorries to the Gaza crossing, where it will be transferred to the U.N.R.A. Lorries, the only ones working in Gaza at the present.

Where to bring/send the items:
There are four collection points across the country:

JERUSALEM
Ken Bakaa – Shomer Hatsair branch
Rechov Harakevet 57 (next to the Moshava)
Days: Sun. Mon. Teus. Between 17. 00 –20.00
Contact: LEV 052-4840697

TEL AVIV
Rechov Abarbanel 5 (next to Honda) in the alley
Days: Sat Eve. Sun. Mon. Teus.- between 17.00 – 20.00
Contact: TIMOR 050-6886873

HAIFA
Bet Hachesed 6 .
Rechov Pal Yam next to Kiryat Hamemshala
Days: Fri. -8.00- 17.00 Mon. Teus. Wed. Between 17.00 – 20.00
Contact: ELIAS 04-8666235

KIBBUTZ KFAR AZA
Days: Sun. Mon. Teus. Wed. between 09:00-19:00
Contact: Eyal 050-2054580

Here is the flier with further information:
URGENT! URGENT! URGENT!

OPPORTUNITY TO DO SOMETHING

HUMANITARIAN AID FOR THE CITIZENS OF GAZA

We are organizing a collection of aid and equipment supplies badly needed in these difficult days. This operation is with the co-operation of many International bodies as well as Israelis and Palestinians all joining together for this very important goal. We are working with one common wish: -to allow those alive – the right to live. We are talking about tens of thousands of displaced and helpless people, without running water, electricity, blankets, milk for babies or reasonable sanitation means. Thousands of children without blankets, or food. Or in simple language, FOOD, WATER AND WARM COVERS. A widespread collection and donation project is being organized at four different centers in the country.

All who can help by donation please contact one of these centers.

For all inquiries, please call
HADAS BALAS 054-3168878
LEE ZIV 050-7245050

BTW: I dropped off a small load of things today, mostly dish-washing detergent and disposable diapers. I’d like to send along some more things but I’m working solidly the next three days and can’t get there during their collection hours –if anyone in the area is planning to make a run by there on Wednesday, could I drop off my donation items with you tomorrow evening rather late (10ish)? Argh, sigh never mind, Wednesday is too late in Tel Aviv (they are still collecting on Wednesday in Haifa and Kfat Aza, however). I’ll call and donate some blankets.