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אלפי זוגות משקפיים חולקו במתנה לניצולי שואה מבוגרים ברחבי הארץ על ידי פעילי ומתנדבי’ יד לעזרה ישראל’ * בין המקבלים: ניצולים תושבי מבשרת ציון והסביבה
Full Article: http://www.zmz.co.il/articles/nadlan/11367/
Let Them See Well
Thousands of glasses were distributed as gifts to adult Holocaust survivors across the country by Yad Help Israel activists and volunteers * Among recipients: survivors from Mevaseret Zion and the surrounding area
“There is nothing like the joy and happiness of an elderly Holocaust survivor who suddenly regains his vision after years of not having the money or ability to purchase a pair of glasses. This experience shakes up every time,” says Luke Gasiorowski, director of Yad Aid Israel Distributed free of charge to thousands of Holocaust survivors and reading glasses. The campaign, which lasted about a month, focused on dedicated and migratory clinics in the north of the country with the help of optometrists and volunteers who worked together to help older Holocaust survivors improve their vision and adjust their glasses. Most of the activity focused on local authorities in the north of the country, from where it continued to the other regions, including Mevaseret Zion and the surrounding area. These days, the association is preparing to distribute thousands of food baskets and basic necessities that will be distributed during the month to Holocaust survivors and help them celebrate New Year and Sukkot in a respectable way. About 170,000 Holocaust survivors now live in Israel and about a quarter live below the poverty line. “Yad Aid Israel helps especially this population, most of which come from Eastern European countries, to improve their quality of life and welfare as much as possible and to assist them with their basic needs as well as their full rights,” emphasizes Luke Gasiorowski, who finds that today, 74 years after the war ended The average age of Holocaust survivors is 83 years. The Yad Help Israel Coalition is an organization that works to help Holocaust survivors across the country through a variety of actions and measures, including a Hot Homes project operated by some 25 local authorities, allowing Holocaust survivors to enjoy a hot meal and social gathering, import containers with free clothing details distributed to Holocaust survivors, and distribute food. For the use of Holocaust survivors, documenting the memories of Holocaust survivors, calling for medical help, initiating bar mitzvah celebrations for Holocaust survivors who did not celebrate it as a child, assisting and participating in the parade of life, assistance project for individual soldiers in the northern area and dozens of other projects. The Yad Help Israel operates under the media radar for many years from Beit Shalom – a beautiful villa in Caesarea, dedicated to the welfare and residence of Holocaust survivors only. The impressive villa serves as a meeting place for dozens of classes, lectures, workshops, classes and study sessions, art shows, music and culture throughout the year to tens of thousands of Holocaust survivors living throughout Israel. The organization was founded by philanthropist and businessman Andre Gasiorowski and his day-to-day management is our son, Luke Gasiorowski, along with a dedicated and dedicated staff working in Caesarea and throughout the country on a variety of projects aimed at helping Holocaust survivors living in Israel. The Yad Aid is an example and exemplary of humble and important social activity, which works in collaboration with many government ministries and aid agencies and aims to help, especially in humanitarian cases, Holocaust survivors living with us and our loved ones. The association has recently decided to expose its activities with the aim of allowing more Holocaust survivors living across the country to enjoy its diverse service and to improve the quality of life of Holocaust survivors at their old age, both in their residential areas and in visits to the association’s home in Caesarea.
For details on the association’s activities throughout the country and villa in Caesarea, phone: 04-6897030.
Written by: Yitzhak Rabiah