Photo: IDF soldiers at Ttzabar Battalion, Givati Brigade receiving hygiene kits from FIDF.
In light of Israel’s second national lockdown to handle the coronavirus pandemic, thousands of Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers are being ordered to remain on base for an indefinite period of time to minimize their exposure to the virus. The IDF, by intensifying its efforts to assist all sectors of the population while protecting Israel’s borders, is taking necessary measures to remain vigilant against COVID-19 and maintain operational preparedness.
In the meantime, Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) has implemented programs to address the emergency needs of soldiers quarantined on bases, and at home. FIDF staff in Israel is distributing snack and sweet packages, hygiene kits and more to the IDF soldiers, and is working closely with the IDF to support the soldiers’ increasing well-being needs as the situation progresses.
During the week of Sukkot, FIDF has been distributing tens of thousands of nourishing meals, personal hygiene kits and other products, in accordance with the Ministry of Health and military guidelines, to combat soldiers and units adopted by FIDF.
On top of the aid being provided to soldiers across Israel, FIDF is also prioritizing the FIDF DIGNITY Program, which helps ease the burden on soldiers and their families, who struggle to cover their daily expenses. Soldiers and their families with financial difficulties are challenged even more because of the coronavirus pandemic and are in immediate need of financial relief.