What do you do when you see a post of a request to assist Jewish mothers in Israel?
Do you get upset? Do you look if you have items to donate?
There are in fact a myriad of options as to how one can respond. We recently put out an appeal for clothing, books and toys in excellent condition only. The items are to be sold on a Yishuv and the money received would go into our Bayit Chadash Gemach funds. The Gemach is dedicated to assisting orphan Chatanim and Kallot. We were very touched by the response that follows.
One Olah Chadashah and mother contacted us to know further details of our latest appeal. When she heard about one of the mothers who will benefit from items sold at the upcoming sale - she was touched! This mother is an Olah who works hard but does not earn enough to assist her family. She had lost her father a number of years ago and hence lacks a father to assist her in difficult times. When she heard we were looking into options to use her skills through our Bayit Chadash Gemach, she was touched even more! She asked about the ages and needs of the children.
In the image below you can see the boxes that the bags contained.
Within the boxes we were so touched to find these carefully selected garments for 3 Jewish children. Some for Shabbat wear and some for weekday wear.
We notified the mother who was at a loss for words! As we prepare this post, we have just sent off the bags of brand new garments to their new home, along with some bags of items for our next sale. This one will be happening in the Gush, how appropriate in this current situation.
We asked the donor if she could share a few words as to what inspired her to go beyond selecting second hand items that her kids no longer needed and to actually purchase new ones. She responded as follows:
"When I read your post I wanted to do something... I thought about my children and I wanted to treat these families like my own. All kids love having new clothes and they take pride in their appearance. If I could do something this small to help I was happy too. Giving feels as good as receiving. Thank you for the opportunity to help." (~ Anonymous donor)
May the kindness showed from one Jewish mother to another help to tip the scales in favour of a Yeshuah (salvation) on all levels for Am Yisrael and the 3 teenage boys who have been kidnapped be home safely with their families.
If anyone else wishes to donate items to our next sale or to host a sale, please be in touch via our website or email us to coordinate. Please note, monetary donations are also welcome.
For those wanting to know more of our work empowering Jewish orphans at the time of getting married and empowering Jewish women in the role of wife and mother, please do be in touch.