Over 8,000 IDF Soldiers Receive Gift Cards from The Fellowship and FIDF

Fellowship Chanukah
Israel Defense Forces soldiers from the Givati Brigade lighting Chanukah candles; courtesy Friends of the IDF.

More than $1.5 million spent as part of this year’s
“Chanukah Fellowship Gift Cards” project

The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (The Fellowship) and Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF), in collaboration with the Association for the Wellbeing of Israel’s Soldiers (AWIS), have provided “Fellowship Gift Cards” as Chanukah gifts to over 8,000 soldiers in-need and Lone Soldiers serving in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).

The gift cards can be used in major retail chain stores across Israel to purchase food, clothing, shoes, sports and leisure products. Among the soldiers who will receive this financial support will also be 2,500 Lone Soldiers, young men and women who choose to leave their countries of origin to immigrate to Israel and serve in the IDF. Lone Soldiers come from all corners of the globe to become part of the IDF melting pot and enrich it as well as add to its magnitude.

Over the past six years (2008-2013), FIDF and The Fellowship have provided almost $16 million of financial support to soldiers from low-income families.

As part of this support, FIDF and The Fellowship distribute the “Fellowship Gift Cards” during Rosh Hashanah, Chanukah and Passover. This campaign is administered in collaboration with the IDF Personnel Directorate and reaches every eligible IDF soldier.