Shoes, Computer Lessons and Dinner at the Beach
|Holocaust Survivors receiving new orthopedic shoes|
Earlier, HHC staff had personally distributed supermarket vouchers to the homes of Holocaust Survivors in the southern towns of Sderot, Ashdod, Ofakim and Beersheva. These cities have been subject to years of rocket attacks from nearby Gaza, and Holocaust Survivors have expressed the fear they live with when they hear the sirens. The HHC representatives were able to not only bless the Survivors financially, but also to take time to sit and chat with each individual. These one to one encounters help to relieve some of the fears and loneliness these Survivors deal with on a daily basis.
Your People My People supports the work of HHC, a local Israeli charity working among Holocaust Survivors in Israel today. We have seen first-hand the love and dedication that goes into caring for these people in Israel through various projects. Very elderly Survivors receive personal home visits and financial help, more physically able Survivors meet in local weekly home groups called 'Warm Houses' and during the annual holidays, Survivors are taken to cultural concerts and celebrations.
|Made with love - quilts for Holocaust Survivors|
On another occasion, the Holocaust Survivors received hand-made patchwork quilts lovingly sewn together by American Christians. The Survivors were very grateful and touched by the beautiful gifts. Some of the recipients expressed that they felt deeply loved by people around the world who had not forgotten them and who are supporting them and giving them hope to continue in their daily lives.
In the town of Hadera, a local school invited survivors of the World War II Warsaw Ghetto, to come and learn how to use a computer. Classes were held once a week with students from the school working together with the Survivors to master the basics. As well as imparting useful skills about computers, the school students also had the opportunity to get to know the Ghetto survivors and build valuable friendships.
We would like to share this report from the leader of one of the 'Beit Hamim' (Warm Houses), a weekly gathering of Holocaust Survivors in a local home.
|'Warm House' Dinner at the Beach|
These weekly 'Warm House' meetings and one to one visits, provide a vital support network for the survivors of the Holocaust. This ageing group who have known unimaginable suffering in their lives often find themselves suffering again through the effects of poverty and loneliness. Through the partnership with Helping Hand Coalition, we can reach out to make a difference in their lives during these final years.