Thursday, December 08, 2005

Feed Hungry Israeli Children and be a Hero For Hannaka!

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While you are reading this appeal, Meir Panim is feeding over
13,900 of Israel's poorest - most of them children!

The shocking facts about our malnourished children
and how you can help safeguard their future:
Latest poverty report issued by National Insurance Institute (Aug.8, 2005) confirms- "Over 1.5 million Israelis live below poverty level"
Child Poverty has increased 50% since 1988
714,000 children, one of every three Israeli children, go hungry EACH AND EVERY DAY.
To children, poverty means lack of warm clothing, basic school supplies, and worst of all – FOOD.
There is very little joy in the life of a hungry Jewish child.
Hunger leads to lack of self-esteem, behavioral problems and learning weakness. Children who do not learn may easily fall through the cracks.
The Meir Panim Relief Center Network – through its 14 branches located throughout Israel - feeds 13,900 needy people every single day, including 8,000 schoolchildren, in an innovative approach that preserves their dignity and self-esteem.
For just $2.00 Meir Panim can provide a hungry child with a nutritious, warm meal. These meals satisfy the children's hunger and preserve their health, restoring their spirits - and their smiles.

This Chanukah - Children Discover the Power of Giving!

Parents! Whether you give your children Chanukah gifts or Chanukah gelt, why not have your child choose one night of Chanukah and donate the equivalent to Meir Panim Relief Centers in Israel. What a wonderful way to teach your child the mitzvah of tzedaka and feel the true warmth of the Chanukah lights!

Kids! Here is your opportunity to do something wonderful for a poor child in Israel. Choose one night of Chanukah and let your parents know that you would like the equivalent of the gift or gelt they were planning on giving you to go feed a hungry child in Israel. Did you know that only $2.00 provides a nourishing school day lunch for one of these children and saves him or her the embarrassment of going to school with an empty lunchbox? Think how far your gift will go!

And Now - More Benefits with Charitable Giving
Under the Katrina Emergency Tax Relief Act of 2005 signed into law by President Bush on Sept. 23, 2005, charitable cash gifts made by individuals to any public charity between Aug. 28 and Dec. 31, 2005, are deductible up to 100% of annual gross income.
Meir Panim Relief Centers in Israel

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