VOLUNTEERS FROM the Lone Soldier Center 370.
(photo credit: Courtesy: Lone Soldier Center)
A Jerusalem warehouse storing donated furniture, mattresses and other household
goods aimed at improving the quality of life for hundreds of lone soldiers was
completely destroyed in a fire that broke out at the facility last Thursday
“Everything was destroyed in the warehouse – beds, couches,
refrigerators, mattresses, pillows, blankets, everything,” Jacob Flaster, a
volunteer for the Lone Soldier Center in Memory of Michael Levin, which operates
the warehouse, told The Jerusalem Post on Monday.
Flaster said that the
warehouse, which was housed in space donated by the Chevrolet car dealership in
Jerusalem, was “jam packed” when the fire broke out. Despite efforts by
maintenance staff, the warehouse and everything in it was gutted.
result of this fire, we do not have anywhere else to store the furniture,”
Flaster said, adding that it is still unclear whether the Chevrolet dealer would
be able to provide the organization with an alternative storage space in the
Furniture donated for lone soldiers is usually distributed to
them weekly. The organization said that hundreds of soldiers here without
family have benefited from the service over the years and at least 20 lone
soldiers receive goods such as beds, refrigerators and tables each
“This is one of our most important projects, as we get intimately
involved in the soldiers’ lives and see how can fill needs and voids,” commented
Lone Soldier’s Center director Meira Weinstein, who estimated that NIS 40,000
worth of furniture was lost in the fire.
“Often times, our volunteers
will deliver a bed to a soldier and then refer him to the center for help in
“We are very proud of what we have done and everyone who is
involved sees first hand how we are helping the soldiers,” she continued, adding
that “we even have lone soldiers who are volunteering for this, they use their
one free day from the army to help pick up and deliver furniture to other
Weinstein said that organization, which has a similar facility
in Tel Aviv, is caught in a difficult situation now because there is no where
for them to store donated furniture.
“Our number one priority is finding
an alternative space to store the furniture,” she said. “Hopefully we
will be able to find a solution soon and in the meantime, we will have to do
pick up and delivery directly.”
“We still have soldiers calling us
everyday asking for basic items such as beds and tables and we will just have to
prioritize the waiting list so that those in need of basic necessities will get
delivered to first,” Weinstein said.