Support Israel's South
Double Mitzvah: Shop Small Businesses in Southern Israel to Help the Soldiers and Evacuees
Businesses in Southern Israel are struggling after multiple blows. In Gaza Envelope towns, there is daily rocket fire, substantial damages from terrorist infiltration, and many communities have been evacuated. Even slightly further away, ongoing rocket fire and insufficient shelters make it impossible to resume regular schooling, leaving small businesses without customers or childcare.
The same Southern population is trying to support the huge numbers of soldiers stationed here, who are involved in intense daily training, fighting, and guarding. Many, especially reservists, have been living in field camps and sleeping in tents, with communal areas that have limited electrical supply and limited food rations. Many of the soldiers have been in place for the past month, with limited, unpredictable breaks.
These small businesses, who have lost the entirety of their customer bases yet continue to provide goods to soldiers free of cost, need our help. The economic struggle and prospective bankruptcy of many of these businesses, which sit on the front lines of Israel’s borders, would do a great detriment to Israeli society for many years to come. Along with these businesses, there are estimated to be over 130,000 evacuees who no longer have any streams of income, yet do not receive government assistance even as rockets are launched at their homes, because they are outside of the official evacuation zone.
All items and needs for soldiers and evacuees will be purchased from local small businesses, rather than wholesalers and national chains. For these small businesses, a few large orders could help them limit their losses and not close permanently. We hope to support as many small businesses as possible, providing some salvation for those on the front line protecting our country.
Soldier's Refreshment Center
Weekly non-perishable food supplies, cups, and containers;
AAA batteries (thousands) 10$;
USB-C chargers (hundreds) 10$;
IPhone Chargers (hundreds) 10$;
Underwear for soldiers: Tens of thousands of underpants and socks, and thousands of long and short-sleeved undershirts, cost $1-3 each. Even a small donation lets someone feel clean and refreshed; First aid: hundreds of units of talc, anti-abrasion cream, tourniquets, OTC pain relievers, personal first aid kits;
Six-packs of 1.5 liters water bottles (thousands needed). All bought at local stores (some vandalized) through Soldier's station.
Transportation for Volunteers in Agriculture
The war had caused an enormous shortage of laborers to harvest crops and plant new ones, at a crucial change in seasons. Volunteers are desperately needed, but there is no public transportation to most of the farms. Minibuses, whose usual business with tourists doesn’t exist now, are available to transport volunteers to the farms. One minibus costs about $150, and transports between 8-15 volunteers.
Huri Family Grocery Store, Sderot
On Oct 7, the Huri family’s neighborhood market was stocked with about $100k of food and supplies. In the wake of the terrorist attack and daily rocket fire, Sderot was evacuated. The store has suffered a significant financial loss with the ruin of its perishables, and although the family is eligible for evacuee housing, the family has returned as they risk losing their entire business. However, only essential workers and families with special needs remain in Sderot, so there are almost no customers for the store.
Leor the Electrician
Two battalions stationed by Gaza request 2 washing machines and a small refrigerator. Each of these items costs $500, and would massively improve their quality of life. Supplies will be bought from Leor Peretz's store located in Netivot, open limited hours, which has been donating appliances and cell phone repairs to soldiers.
Evacuees in Ashalim
Ashalim is a small agricultural community (less than 700 people) in the Negev desert. They are hosting many evacuees from Netiv HaAsara, a community just north of the Gaza Strip. Netiv haAsara was attacked on Oct 7, and is still being attacked by missiles regularly. Because Netiv ha-Asara is just over 7km from Gaza, they need to fend for themselves. The emergency station of Ramat Negev is collecting donations for them of life’s basics. All of these will be purchased from small businesses in the towns of Sderot, Netivot, and Ofakim, and delivered to them.
Super Eshkol: Free Grocery for Soldiers in the Field
Super Eshkol is the grocery store in Avshalom, a small community on the Gaza border evacuated after the October 7 attack. The owner has stayed in the town to keep the store open for the soldiers stationed in the area, but is not taking any money for their selections. He would be very grateful for donations that allow the store to keep restocking. Goal $1000
Mother’s Sandwich: Hot Meals for Soldiers in Remote Bases
This volunteer organization delivers hot chicken sandwiches (and sides) to 3000 soldiers daily who would otherwise eat canned food. They buy their food in local stores rather than from wholesalers, to help them stay afloat. They are struggling to provide these meals, which cost $4 each. Goal for one week of meals: $2190.
One Month of Support
Your one time donation will help support the most pressing campaigns of the next 30 days. Whether it’s small businesses, farmers, or non-profits feeding soldiers, we will allot your funds where the need is greatest, and, at the end of the month, will send you a complete list of all those who have benefitted from your donations.
Fresh Produce from Gaza Envelope Farmers
The small communities that border Gaza are major producers of Israel’s fresh fruit and vegetables. This produce is being harvested by volunteers, despite ongoing rocket fire on the area. It can’t be packaged and marketed normally, and is only available in large amounts to be used by the Soldiers’ Rest Station. Goal $500