Over 600 food parcels were collected by Jewish and Arab volunteers for disadvantaged families in Rahat On the occasion of the Ramadan holiday, dozens of MDA volunteers and workers mobilized to help needy families the city of Rahat and the scattered Bedouin settlements, and within just three days 600 food parcels were collected. Now in its third year, the operation succeeded beyond expectations when this year saw a new record amount of food parcels the volunteers managed to collect.
Word of the food collection operation quickly spread through the social media and reached the ears of businesspersons living in Rahat, who contributed impressive amounts of up to 6,000 Shekels each, in order to reach as many disadvantaged families as possible. Even a group of employees of the Aroma coffee chain were moved by the gesture and mobilized for the food collection operation. Alaa El Huzeil, an emergency medical technician in charge of MDA volunteers in Rahat, who coordinated the operation, explains: “MDA is my second home and in light of the difficult situations that my colleagues and I are exposed to, I decided together with the volunteers department that we must help needy families in every way. Due to the high demand, we decided to conduct the operation until the end of Ramadan.” According to MDA paramedic Guy Sadeh, Rahat station responsible person and one of the operation’s organizers: “It is very moving to see the public engagement of both young and old, Jews and Arabs, all operating with extraordinary teamwork to delight the families.”