Business community joins efforts to aid fire evacuees

Israeli hotels, foodstuff manufacturers, amusement parks and banks rally to the assistance of victims displaced by fires.

December 4, 2010 17:53
2 minute read.
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IDF handing out packages . (photo credit: Courtesy)

The Dan hotel chain announced that it was opening its Dan Panorama hotel in Haifa to rescue services workers and that it was providing rooms in its Leonardo hotel in Haifa and its boutique hotel in Hazor HaGlilit for evacuated families. Similar offers were advanced by the Rimonim hotel chain and the Golan and Galillee tourism boards, who offered to host the evacuated families in cottages and rural accommodations in the region.

Several recreational facilities across the country offered free admission for people from the evacuated region. The Luna Grand amusement park in Haifa, the Balagan park in Kibbutz Yagur, Kibbutz Nir David’s Gan Guru and the national Safari in Ramat Gan all opened their doors for families who needed to relax and forget about the stress of leaving home for a few hours.

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The Israel Nature and Parks Authority also offered free admission and participation into all of its Hanukka activities for the Carmel evacuees.

The large supermarket chains have also come forward to donate their goods to the rescue teams in the field and the evacuees. Shufersal donated four trucks full of fresh produce, bottled water and assorted foodstuff to the rescue efforts and sent them to the command posts in the Carmel. It also offered a discount aid package to residents of the evacuated villages at all of its stores in the Haifa region. Mega delivered supplies, including sufganiyot (holiday doughnuts) to the evacuated residents staying at the Tirat Hacarmel community center. Machsanei Kimat Hinam is offering gift vouchers and free food to the evacuated residents at its stores in Atlit and Tirat Hacarmel.

Israel’s banks have also offered assistance to the evacuees, offering them interest-free rehabilitation loans ranging from NIS 10,000-60,000 and no-penalty delays on mortgages and loans.

The Eldan auto leasing company has announced that it is setting aside 1,000 vehicles for evacuees to use in the upcoming month, to help them with all the arrangements that they will need to restore their lives.

El Al Israeli Airlines provided cargo transport aircraft to help import fire fighting equipment from abroad. One plane recently returned from Marseilles, France with 100 tons of anti-combustion chemicals and other equipment.

Foodstuff manufacturers Tara, Tnuva, Osem, Tirat Zvi, Materna and Nestle Ice Creams, all donated their products to the rescue workers in the north and to evacuee absorption centers.

As the days go on, more and more businesses are coming forth to assist those whose lives were affected by the fire. Efforts are also taking place online to organize aid-drives and volunteer services, with the local business community adding to the overall efforts of Israeli’s public service and civil society, which have been enlisted fully in the effort aid fire evacuees.

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