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Chabad of South Orlando at the Gaza border


Soldiers who received care packages at the Gaza border hold up a sign that says 'IDF Thanks the Konikovs and Chabad of South Orlando.'

A few weeks ago, Rabbi Yosef Konikov and his wife, Chani, had a conversation, as many Jewish people have over the last month, about what we can do for Israel. Chabad of South Orlando contacted some close friends and asked would they be willing to be the last people the soldiers see before they go to battle? Would they be the first people the soldiers see when they return?

They said yes.

So, Chabad has been raising money here and sending it to Israel. Their representatives on the ground, Yuda Meer and Folli Tesler, have taken this money and "found the cheapest places to buy what the soldiers want and give it to them."

Last Sunday, Chabad of South Orlando organized an event to boost the morale of the soldiers and they will distribute:

1,000 pairs of underwear

1,000 undershirts

2,000 socks

1,000 Tzitzit

5,000 sandwiches

3,600 energy drinks

Thousands of bottles of shampoo, deoderant, soap, towels, and packages of baby wipes

With the help and partnership of these friends on the ground in Israel, Chabad of South Orlando continues to deliver care packages to IDF soldiers stationed on the Gaza border.

"There is no doubt that this will raise morale and help the troops prepare themselves to protect Am Yisroel," Rabbi Konikov said.

Any who would like to donate to these care packages, please contact Chabad at http://www.jewishorlando.com


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