An Emissary for Life

An ordinary man becomes an emissary for life when a package drop-off sheds light on an unusual situation

Arutz Sheva Staff ,


In a series of articles about the Efrat organization, Arutz Sheva presents a number of personal stories and anecdotes relating the group's life-saving activities. This week’s article centers on Yochai, a delivery man for a large delivery company.

“I had asked my boss to always send me on runs for the Efrat organization,” Yochai recounted. “I knew that they do holy work and it was truly important to me to know that all of their packages arrive at their appointed destinations on time.”

Yochai explained that he knew how much families benefitting from Efrat’s generosity need and rely on the packages he delivers.

“One day, I arrived at an upscale residential zone in the center of the country. Nice houses, villas, gardens. Something seemed strange.”

Yochai called the Efrat organization’s warehouse. He wanted to make sure no mistake in address labeling had been made. The address was correct. He called the cell phone number listed on the delivery boxes and told the family he was at their front gate. A young girl came outside, her growing belly indicating that the package was for her.

“I could not restrain myself. I asked her how she could accept baby food donations from Efrat while living in such a luxurious home.”

The girl responded, “If only this was my home.” She told Yochai that when she found out she was pregnant; she was in still in school. She and her boyfriend had considered getting married, but that he was currently in a state of shock. He had not expected children during their first year together. Her parents did not support her and pressured her to have an abortion. They were certain that a child would prevent her from continuing with her studies. No wanting to terminate, the girl had left home. At first she had lived with a friend, but she also turned to the Efrat organization for advice, believing that they would help her because she wanted to bring her baby into the world.

That same day, as she sat with Dr. Schossheim and Ruthie the social worker, a veteran donor with an open-home policy was contacted and the girl was given a room of her own in the donor’s house. The girl was thus able to continue with her schooling, without fear or extraneous pressure. He made contact with her boyfriend and they reconciled and decided to marry.

“When I heard her story, I understood how different reality can be from what we see at first glance. There is no doubt in my mind that without the help and support of the Efrat organization, that girl and many other women would succumb to pressure and terminate their pregnancies. My part in all of this is to ensure that the packages in my charge reach their intended destinations as quickly as possible. In my mind, each package signifies life.”