"I'm a single mother…With four children to feed, I work two jobs - I get in as many hours as I possibly can, but paying for everything is just…I can’t do it. I make sure there is food on the table but beyond that, everything else is really a struggle. I’m usually overdue on the electric bill, I owe money for water and arnona*. My kids all wear second hand clothes. I’m doing the best I can. Now I have the start of school to worry about…uniforms, books, school supplies…The prices of everything are so high. I don’t know how to do it, I really don’t.” - Ayala M.
With the first day of school on the horizon, American Friends of Yad Eliezer/B’ezri's Back to School Campaign is back in action. The program is critical for families who are trying to cope with one of their most challenging expenses at the start of the school year.
The added cost of new school supplies is overwhelming for parents who already struggle to pay for basics. Purchasing one child's new notebooks, pens, folders and other necessities is extremely difficult, but that challenge is compounded in homes with multiple children. And with the High Holidays just around the corner, this time of year brings tremendous financial and emotional strain to needy parents who are pulled in so many different directions.
American Friends of Yad Eliezer/B’ezri relieves the school supply strain. Our partnerships with stationery and office supply chains throughout Israel enable us to purchase store credit with them at a discount, stretching tzedaka dollars as far as possible-one of our methods that make us among the most effective Jewish charities to donate to. Struggling families we assist can walk into one of the stores and their children can choose the items they want and need, with the store credit covering the cost. The support is a source of great relief for parents. Chava M. was assisted last year: "This really makes a difference for me and for my kids-I feel so much better knowing they’ll have new supplies like the other kids in the class and my kids won’t be embarrassed that they don’t. Their confidence, their self esteem are so important.”
Please help us create a positive experience for needy children as they start their new school year. Families in need have so many challenges; together we can take this one off their list.
*local property taxes