donations needed for south, soldiers

Provided there is no ceasefire, I’ll be going down south on Thursday to help bring donations of supplies needed by residents there who have not been able to leave shelters to get to the store for days and those who are sheltering in sub-standard conditions. I bought 5 fuzzy throw blankets at 10 sheks each for those in shelters and 9 pairs of warm socks for our soldiers in need today and added them to the neighbourhood collection. We’ve also got a lot of soldiers and reservists who don’t have family here to make sure they’ve got some of those basic things and many others who can’t afford to provide them with all they need.

There are a lot of donation drives going on (I also donated 50 sheks to the one at school for supplies) and I ask that if you are here and can afford it, please find one in your local area and donate. Below is the list of items we were told was needed:

Folks in shelters need primarily:
blankets
pillows
Packaged food items that don’t need to be cooked
Cup of soups, instant coffee, tea etc (just add hot water)
disposable diapers

Soldiers need:
Warm Socks
Toiletries (toothpaste, deodorant, disposable razors, shaving cream)
*And don’t forget, we do have girls down there on the front line and there tends to be a dearth of donated items fit for the girls in need.

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7 responses to “donations needed for south, soldiers”

  1. Lynne says :

    For the soldiers, I would add energy bars and snack food individually packaged. Perhaps even bottled water. In Operation Cast Lead, soldiers complained that at time they did not have water.

    • israeliminx says :

      Ema wonderful suggestion. In Second Lebanon War they didn’t have food or water and a lot of them didn’t even have functioning weapons. I hope real changes have been made but never count on it.

      Oh and regarding disposable diapers, not only in infant size but also for toddlers (up to largest size) because a lot of the little ones that were pretty much toilet trained have reverted under the stress.

  2. SirJohn says :

    I sure do hope the IDF will do a better job on supplying the soldiers this time. I am always a bit weary about those donation drives, but may be I am too spoiled. When I worked for NYPD during 9/11 so many good hearted people made so many donations for us cops, firefighters and emergency workers, that we sadly could not use all: first of all we got inundated with perishable food. While we feasted on as much as we could, we had to throw away some. I think on 9/12 alone they brought 17 cakes to our station house.

    Then toiletries etc: I think we all could have taken a year’s worth of toothpaste home during those days. We ended up donating them to homeless shelters. However, there was a lot we loved: candy, energy bars etc. Bottled water actually always was welcome.

    So, from that experience, I always urge to verify the actual needs before going out to donate! What all IDF soldiers need most, anyway, is the knowledge that we all stand behind them.

  3. SirJohn says :

    Oh, and what I always had in my cruiser: stuffed teddybears. Nothing soothes a frightened child faster than a fuzzy big bear. They might be very welcome in those shelters.

    • Lynne says :

      Sir John, the shelters here in Austin for victims of domestic violence always have teddy bears on hand, because they are so effective for soothing a sad and frightened child.

  4. israeliminx says :

    Sir John very good points (and what a great idea you had about carrying the soft toys for frightened little ones!). In this case, the list we are working off is one from homefront command noting items lacking for the really poor in shelters in the south (we put our least educated and skilled immigrants from Ethiopia etc down there) as well as those who can’t get to stores without public transportation which is closed down in the hardest hit areas due to the rockets.

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