Over 16 million shekel ($4.6 million) was raised for the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) from various organizations to support troops during Operation Protective Edge. Avigdor Kahalani, Spokesman for the Committee for the Wellbeing of Israel’s Soldiers, commented, “This immediate mobilization of the Israeli public and those abroad in support of the soldiers warms my heart. We are continuing to raise funds for the soldiers who participated in the operation to keep helping them in many ways when the operation will be over.”
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Friend of the Israel Defense Forces in the United States and Panama, The Association for Soldiers Israel-Canada, The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, The Association for Soldiers -UK, the Yoter Association and the Association for Soldiers-Mexico donated a combined amounted to over 2.5 million shekel ($730, 000), about the same amount donated within Israel. The bulk of the 16 million came from packages to soldiers and “Adopt a Battalion” initiatives. The care packages included items such as towels, clothing, soap, razor blades and other staples. Mobile chargers and extra coffee supplies were also commonly donated necessities.
Added to these calculable donations are the intangibles: the number of volunteer hours and personal initiatives individuals and smaller organizations have made to support the IDF, through visiting the wounded in hospitals, providing soldiers with free coffee and sandwiches and offering spiritual support and counseling.