Monday, January 5, 2009

Lema'an Achai

This letter is real. It appeared on the local Beit Shemesh list by a man who is known to hold this position. This is a really helpful organization, backed by everyone we know. There mandate is to help anyone within the borders of Beit Shemesh- and evacuees running to us count.

For those who have been asking what you can do or how you can help- this is it.


We Need YOUR Help!!

Over One Thousand Two Hundred Shell-Shocked Kids Are Coming Here Tomorrow!!

They have been rocketed, and shelled out of their schools and homes
throughout the South of Israel - and are heading up here by the busload.

From Ashdod, Kireat Gat, Ein Zurim, Shomreya, our small
town of Bet Shemesh.

They're coming here, because we have the privilege of being the first
town out of Hamas missile range from the Gaza Strip.

And let's face it, Bet Shemesh has a national reputation for
pulling-off grand-scale prize-winning Relief Operations: from the 2nd
Lebanon War (1000 Refugees for 30 days), which received national
citation in the Ben Gurion University Lebanon War Report, and from
our relief programs for the Nine Thousand evacuees from Gush Katif
during the years 2005-2008.

An amazing team of charities, local and central government, and many
many individual volunteers are opening and manning the Community
Centers, squeezing the capacity of Schools, and somehow working their
socks-off to have food, shelter, educational and recreational
activities for all these kids, from so many places and cultures....

And we ain't seen nothing yet... because this number is due to rise
to beyond Two Thousand kids by the end of this week.

Plus FAMILIES. They are already arriving, in packed cars and buses....

If you think this all sounds rather overwhelming, now put yourselves
in MY shoes.

I'm the volunteer Chairman of Lema'an Achai.

Lema'an Achai is the local charitable organization which has
spear-headed all these programs, in parallel to our daily work of
aiding impoverished local families in Bet Shemesh.

Lema'an Achai is bankrolling this whole War Relief Program. For
thousands of kids. And untold numbers of adults. For an UNKNOWABLE
period of time....

Today, we have 20,000 NIS ($5000) in the bank for this, from small
private donations received over the past few days.

I am looking at a cost in EXCESS of $100,000 (that's what the 2nd
Lebanon War Relief Program cost us; the Gush Katif program cost $200,000).

Unless YOU help me out, I will have to tell our logistics people to
turn these kids *back* to the bomb shelters, danger and the terror of
Hamas Missiles.

Please therefore help now by doing these three steps:

1. - and please donate generously.

2. Pass this email on (ONLY!) to family and close friends, your
community email list, and specific organizations who may be
interested to help this zero-waste, grass-roots, immediate, practical
War Relief program.
IMPORTANT: Please add YOUR personal recommendation to the top of this
email. "I know of Lema'an Achai - they and this Project are FOR REAL,
and I have given to them myself; please do the same"!!

3. Most Important Of All: Please mention our brave soldiers who are
now in the Gaza Strip, in your prayers. For the safe return home of
all our boys.

Thank you,

More Ways to Donate:

USA Tax Deductible: "US Friends of Lema'an Achai", PO Box 532,
Oceanside, NY 11572-0532, USA.
UK Tax Deductible: "British Friends of Lema'an Achai", c/o Nava
Kestenbaum, 96 Rigby Street, Salford, Manchester, M7 4BQ, ENGLAND.
Canadian Tax Deductible: "Shaarei Tefilla Charity Fund", C/O Murray
Shore, 31 Marwill Street, Toronto, Ontario, M3H 3L2, CANADA.
Israel Tax Deductible: "Lema'an Achai", The Lema'an Achai Center,
40/7 Nahal Lachish, Ramat Bet Shemesh, 99093, Israel.
By Phone 24/6 Donations Hotline (Hebrew): 02 99.999.33

To Volunteer Locally: Hotline Ezrat Achim: 02 9999822
Bet Shemesh Municipal Hotline: (Ms Shula Erev): 02 9909845

SMALL PRINT: In the happy event that the war finishes, and any funds
remain, they will solely be used for helping families in need.

David Morris, Chairman
Lema'an Achai - It's All About Caring

Direct Tel: +972 2 9997107
Office: +972 2 9991553
Fax: +972 2 9997027

40/7 Nahal Lachish
Ramat Beit Shemesh,
99093 Israel.

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