IDF handing out packages .
(photo credit: Courtesy)
In response to the Carmel fire and the widespread evacuations that it forced,
Israel’s business community has enlisted to aid the families of the injured and
deceased and make life easier for the hundreds evacuated from their homes in the
A wide range of companies have offered free use of their products
and services to the survivors and their families ranging form hotel
accommodation to gallons of ice cream.
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One of the first industries to
reach out and offer assistance was the hotel industry.
From the moment it
became apparent that many villages would have to be evacuated, some of the
countries largest hotel chains volunteered to host the evacuated
The Club Hotel chain announced that it would provide 100 hotel
rooms in the chain’s hotels in Tiberias and Eilat, and that together with the
Tourism Ministry and the Haifa municipality, were coordinating room
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 Hatzor HaGlilit
for evacuated families. Similar offers were advanced by the Rimonim hotel chain
and the Golan and Galilee Tourism boards, who offered to host the evacuated
families in cottages and rural accommodations in the region.
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, opened their doors for families who needed to relax and forget about
the stress of leaving home for a few hours.
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 goods to the rescue teams in the field and the
Shufersal donated four trucks full of fresh produce, bottled
water and assorted products to the rescue efforts and sent them to the command
posts in the Carmel. It also offered a discount aid packages to residents of the
evacuated villages in all of its stores in the Haifa region. Mega delivered
supplies as well as Sufganiyot to the evacuated residents staying at the Tirat
Hacarmel community center. Mahsanei Kimat Hinam is offering gift vouchers and
free food to the evacuated residents at its stores in Atlit and Tirat
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.
Auto leasing company Eldan
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 airlines had earlier provided cargo aircraft
to help import fire fighting equipment from abroad.
One plane recently
returned from Marseille, France with 100 tons of anti-combustion chemicals and
Foodstuff manufacturers, Tara, Tnuva, Osem, Tirat Zvi,
Materna and Nestle all donated products to rescue workers in the North and the
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.