IFCJ donates NIS 12 m. to municipalities

Funds intended to help families hit by economic crisis.

The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ) announced Tuesday it would donate NIS 12 million to Israeli municipalities lacking funds.
The money is intended to enable welfare departments to supply thousands of needy families with basic products and services.
According to the IFCJ statement, welfare workers encounter numerous requests from impoverished citizens who are in dire need of clothing, food, medication, transportation to and from medical treatments, hearing aids, eyeglasses, and other essentials. 
There is not enough government funding of aid to the poor to meet theseneeds. To fill the void, the IFCJ has doubled the sum provided by thegovernment, offering immediate assistance to Israel’s poorest citizens.
IFCJ has been donating money to needy citizens for seven years now. Thefellowship has already over $9 million, which helped hundreds ofthousands of Israelis in need.
The fellowship said it decided to extend the project this year becauseof the economic crisis that has plunged thousands more people intopoverty.