Daily Israel Report

Olim Send Purim Gift Baskets to IDF Lone Soldiers

New immigrants to Israel (Olim) already are helping out the IDF by packing Purim gift baskets for other olim who are “lone soldiers.”
By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
First Publish: 3/6/2012, 11:49 AM

Purim New olim prepare Purim gifts for lone soldiers
Purim New olim prepare Purim gifts for lone soldiers
Yonit Schiller, courtesy of Nefesh B’Nefesh

New immigrants to Israel (Olim) already are helping out the IDF by packing Purim gift baskets for other olim who are “lone soldiers.”

More than 100 Olim who recently made Aliyah to Israel through Nefesh B’Nefesh, in cooperation with the Ministry of Immigrant Absorption and the Jewish Agency, gathered Monday with their children in Tel Aviv to prepare, pack and send Purim gift baskets to the soldiers.  

The Friends of the IDF organization collaborated with Nefesh B’Nefesh as part of a program that provides support for the Lone Soldiers – immigrants who left their families behind in the Diaspora to serve in the armed forces.

Hundreds of Purim gift baskets were packed and sent out to over 600 lone soldiers, who will receive them in time to celebrate Purim this week.

“This event is part of our continuous support for the Lone Soldiers in the IDF to show them that we admire their courageous decision to make Aliyah and serve in the Israeli army,” said Nefesh B’Nefesh Vice Chairman Erez Halfon.

“Our main goal is to give the soldiers the feeling that they are not alone, and I hope that these Purim gift baskets let the soldiers know that we are always here for the,” he added.

Photo: Yonit Schiller, courtesy of Nefesh B’Nefesh