8,000 IDF soldiers in need to receive Hanukka gifts
11 December 2012 17:40
Over 8,000 IDF Lone Soldiers and soldiers in need are to receive gift vouchers as Hanukka presents from The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (the Fellowship) and Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF), in collaboration with the Association for the Wellbeing of Israel’s Soldiers (AWIS).
Founder and President of the Fellowship, Rabbi Eckstein said the economic difficulties in the county also affect the IDF soldiers, adding: “We are proud to support those who choose, despite difficulties at home, to enlist and contribute to the defense of the State of Israel.”
According to the the organizations, both the Fellowship and FIDF will invest more than 5 million shekels (over $1.4 million) this year to support the project. They report there are currently over 5,700 Lone Soldiers serving in the IDF as well as over 4,500 soldiers entitled to receive financial support.