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Recently, Vision for Israel donated ten brand-new computers to a community center in Kiryat Gat. This particular community center is specifically for elderly people, including Holocaust survivors, and was founded with the purpose of enabling people to grow old where they live, in an environment they are familiar with. The center provides many social activities for the residents and has a computer room that was functioning until a year ago when, due to the age of the computers, the room became unusable.

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With every donation that goes out from Vision for Israel, our hearts grow and rejoice. We know how much the recipients need the help and how the donations give them the strength to go on and the means to live with a little more dignity. When we meet them, the sparkles in their eyes, the smiles on their faces and the embraces they give us are our reward. 

 

Once in a while, we receive thank you letters that warm our heart. Recently we received a note from a mother who received backpacks for her children:

 

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Over the last three years, Vision for Israel has been working with the Organization for Terror Victims to fund part of the academic studies of dozens of students. 

 

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Many terror victims suffer from post-trauma and financial difficulties that prevent them and their families from going out. Therefore, Vision for Israel has joined the Organization for the Welfare of Terror Victims in providing cultural evenings once in a while. Recently, Vision for Israel sponsored such an evening in Tel Aviv where the victims were treated to the play Simply to Love.

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Hanan* is a single father of two children and is a terror victim since March 2002. He was sitting in a restaurant in Tel Aviv when a terrorist entered and started shooting. Hanan was hiding inside the building until the shooting stopped and was saved. The frightening experience of almost losing his life caused him to develop a post-traumatic stress disorder. Until the day of the terror attack, Hanan was working, making a good living and enjoying a rich social life. In one moment, his life was turned upside-down.

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This month, a group of Holocaust survivors that we support enjoyed a visit to the Friends of Zion Museum, sponsored by Vision for Israel. Barry also joined them for this fun outing. 

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As early as May, the Vision for Israel team begins working hard to prepare for one of our largest and most exciting projects of the year: Pack to School.

This year, after much work and cooperation with dozens of welfare departments, organizations and nonprofits from all over the country, thousands of backpacks arrived early in July at the Millennium Center. The staff organized the boxes of backpacks according to donation locations and quantities and carefully prepared the paperwork.

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Yamit* lost her husband in December 2015 in a terror attack. On that sad day, her late husband (Ofer) was driving in Jerusalem when he saw two terrorists armed with knives stabbing people who were passing by. He got out of his car with a metal rod and ran toward the terrorists. At the same time, three policewomen heard the screaming and shot the terrorists. Tragically, Ofer was caught in the line of fire and was killed on the spot. In honor of his bravery, he received a medal of courage.

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As part of our Pack to School project this summer, our team went to an after-school childcare facility in Jerusalem to give out backpacks. Twenty children in grades one through four attend, and most of them are from at-risk families and suffer both from learning and behavioral difficulties. The children come every day after school to receive a hot meal, get help with homework and language difficulties,  enjoy playtime and receive therapy.

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During the first Intifada in1990, when Achikam was 7 months old, he was struck in the head by a stone that was thrown at his family's vehicle. His life was changed forever. His mother said, "It was the height of the first Intifada, and you couldn't travel without getting stones thrown at your vehicle. It was very dangerous to travel the roads . . . Achikam started crying. There wasn't an open wound, but his head began to swell." When they got home, they rinsed the broken glass off of him, turned around and drove back to the hospital.

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