by: Israel Moskowitz
Thursday, 6 December 2018 | Omer Adar, a Merkava tank driver in the 74th battalion of the 188th Armored Brigade, made it his life project to recycle plastic bottles to help Holocaust survivors.
“It began in the 12th grade, when I was collecting cans to pay for my year’s Purim [Feast of Esther] party. I made NIS 5,000 [approximately US $ 1,340) in eight months,” recalled Omer, 20, from Kibbutz Ein Dor.
“I continued collecting cans and bottles during my basic and advanced training in the army, and when I arrived at my company, I was made in charge of recycling, which I also do on the weekends at home,” he added.
Omer has so far managed to collect more than 24,000 bottles for recycling.
“Two years ago, Omer came back home from the army looking sad and withdrawn,” Shaul Adar, Omer’s father, said.
“Since I was worried, I asked him what had happened, to which he replied that we are not doing enough for the Holocaust survivors. Since then, Omer made (recycling bottles to help Holocaust survivors) his life mission,” Shaul continued.
Now, Omer is looking for needy Holocaust survivors to give the money deposit he had received for the bottles to. “I want to reach out to them in person, not through NGOs,” he explained.
“I want to meet them, hear their personal story and give them what they need, whether it’s food or home appliances,” he went on to say.
Eyal Betzer, the head of the Jezreel Valley Regional Council, where Omer resides, praised the 20-year-old soldier for his work.
“Social engagement and contribution to the community are the values representing our valley,” he stated.
In 2016, there were an estimated 186,500 Holocaust survivors living in Israel. After enduring so many horrors before coming to the Promised Land, these survivors are elderly and often unable to leave their apartments. Many live in poverty, and putting food on the table every day is a struggle. Bridges for Peace is committed to reaching out a hand of love and assistance to these survivors through monthly food parcels and regular visits from our volunteers. One woman, Maya, lost most of her family in a massacre in Ukraine and came to Israel with her mother, husband and daughter, the former two now deceased. She told our volunteers who bring her food each month, "Tell the people that I say thank you for not forgetting me! Thank you that you didn't just forget me." We believe it is our call and privilege as Christians to carry sunshine with our food parcels into the survivors' small, meager apartments to show them unconditional love, comfort and companionship. If you want to help us show these beautiful people who have been through so much hardship that they haven't been forgotten, please donate to our Food program. Your gift will make it possible for us to put food on more survivors' tables—and bring sunshine, encouragement and love into their lives.
Posted on December 6, 2018
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