"Since the ceasefire was declared on Tuesday, this was the first time we were able to do something as a community in a proper area, in the kibbutz dining room. The families were so happy to get out of their houses and do something together, it was such a feeling of relief and so therapeutic." Esther Marcun, cultural activities co-coordinator at Kibbutz Alumim, was referring to the activities for children organized by KKL-JNF at the kibbutz, with the support of its friends in Finland. The activities, which took place on Wednesday, August 6, included building models out of recycled materials, mainly pine cones, twigs and corncobs.
"Although the activities were aimed at the children," Esther continued, "the parents also had a wonderful time and asked us to arrange similar events in the future. Parents and children worked together, it was a creative process and an opportunity to talk about what's been going on. People asked me who organized this, and when I told them it was KKL-JNF, they were very grateful. A number of organizations helped us during the war, but the feeling about KKL-JNF is that they're not just there for us at times of emergency, but whatever the situation might be. We would like to invite KKL-JNF's friends in Finland to visit us when they're in Israel, in order to thank them personally for their support."
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