Encorporate A Package From Home into your child's Bar/Bat Mitzvah
Each package we send has a letter written by adults and children from all over the world offering thanks and encouragement to the soldier's for protecting Israel.
Guests or friends of the Bar /Bat Mitzvah write letters to the soldiers. They should be positive and upbeat. The person writing the letter can include something about him/herself and if they have any connection to Israel such as a visit or a relative living here. You could have stationery printed with your name (or the Bar/Bat Mitzvah's name) and address on top for guests at the Bar/Bat Mitzvah to write a note to the soldiers.
It is important to include your name, address, and an email address if possible since we find that some of the time a soldier will take a moment to answer one of these letters. Letters can be written in English, Hebrew or Russian and can be mailed to Barbara Silverman. Your child's class, school, religious school, or synagogue can be included on this part of the project.
We are always happy to receive letters. The letters can then be mailed to:A Package from Home
c/o Shira Gilor
49 HaYitzhar St.
Hashmonaim, 73127 Israel
The packages contain in addition to the letters, supplies that are collected/purchased/donated to us for the packages. Items most appreciated by the soldiers that you can collect: deodorant (no aerosol), men's short sleeve round necked T shirt, white, blue, black, khaki or brown, in size medium and large, boxer shorts, lip balm, toothbrush and travel size toothpaste, and individual kosher M&M's or Mike & Ikes. Due to security we can not accept any items by mail. If you know of someone who will be traveling to Israel and would be willing to bring along these items in their luggage, we would be happy to meet them in Jerusalem for pick up. Each traveler can put their collected items in their suitcase and bring them to the packing site or call us and we will arrange a pick up where ever they are staying. All items need to be sorted and put into zip loc bags to prevent leakage.
Most Bar/Bat Mitzvah youngsters include in their invitation to the Bar/Bar Mitzvah a note explaining why they have chosen A Package From Home as their first Mitzvah as an adult Jew. [For a sample invitation - click here!] You could do a fundraiser or Mitzvah project with the synagogue or school about your chesed project. We like to buy as many products in Jerusalem with the donations so we can help support the Israeli economy. Our project is completely funded by private donations. Under Adopt a Unit button you can read about different donation options for adopting a unit. Tax deductible American checks can be mailed to:American Friends of AACI
c/o Charlotte Kroot, Inc.
21 East Chestnut Street - Suite 3C
Chicago, Illinois 60611 USA
Checks should be made payable to American Friends of AACI with a notation that it is recommended for A Package from Home Project in honor of your Bar/Bat MitzvahA Sample letter to use for an invitation
Dear Friends and Family,
I have been thinking about what could be my first positive mitzvah to do after I become a Bat/Bar Mitzvah. There were a lot of good ideas that I thought about. Then I remembered hearing how hard our Israeli soldiers are working to be sure that our beloved Israel is safe and so I decided to support a project called A Package from Home.
A Package from Home send care packages to soldiers without families in Israel (Chayelim Bodedim) and other combat soldiers. I found out from their web-site (www.apackagefromhome.org) that this summer they are sending packages with khaki or black t-shirts, socks, boxer shorts, bath towel, deodorant, foot powder and many different kinds of candies, snacks and toiletries, and a personal letter of encouragement and thanks. OR this winter they are sending packages with fleece jackets, fleece blankets, bath towels, warm gatkes (long underwear), wool hat and gloves, anti fungal socks, and many different kinds of candy, chocolate and snacks, toiletries and a letter of encouragement and thanks.
Volunteer groups pack the care packages and then each unit picks up their own packages and they are delivered directly to the soldiers within a few hours. This project has sent over 130,000 packages since the beginning of the Intifada that started over 8 years ago.
The money is raised from people all around the world who care about Israel and their soldiers. If you are thinking about a present for me, you can also think about the soldiers in Israel. Donations will be sent to A Package from Home. Checks can be made payable to the American Friends of AACI with a notation that it is recommended for A Package from Home Project. They can be mailed directly to: American Friends of AACI, c/o Charlotte Kroot, Inc., 21 East Chestnut Street - Suite 3C, Chicago, Illinois 60611 USA. [NOTE TO PARENTS: Some prefer to collect all the money themselves and then use it towards adopting a unit and mailing the donations all at one time.]
At my Bat/Bar Mitzvah there will be an opportunity to write letters of encouragement and thanks to the soldiers to be included in the packages.
I hope you can come to my Bat/Bar-Mitzvah, I think it will be really fun.