During these tough times, it’s easy to wring our hands or try doing something good and helpful. From sending care packages to soldiers to engaging a reservist in a conversation about what’s really happening, the Internet makes it all possible. Here are a few options for reaching out and ‘touching a soldier.’
Soldiers — many of whom are still growing boys & girls – are always hungry for a tasty snack. Long nights guarding and training are just a bit more pleasant with something to accompany that late night cup of coffee. Field rations aren’t necessarily what you want to eat day in and day out, but they’re a lot more palatable when there’s a fresh cookie for dessert.
Send a soldier a kilo of freshly baked cookies from Bakery29 in Tel Aviv. Netta Korin, who founded this unique business, donates all of her profits to Impact, part of the Friends of the IDF organization, which helps support the needs of soldiers after their service. Bakery29’s manager Ran Cohen said the project, which was only launched on Sunday, November 18, has already taken off as evidenced by the orders already being processed. Cookies will be delivered to soldiers serving down south by the Association for the Well-Being of Israeli Soldiers. For more information, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Treats can also be ordered and sent through Gili’s Goodies, a Jerusalem company that sends tasty care packages as part of the activities of the Michael Levin Lone Soldiers Center which support soldiers serving far away from home and family. You can give to a soldier you know, as well as one you don’t know personally. Make a soldier’s day, and don’t forget the rest of the unit with a gift for the whole group.
Food is not the only thing a soldier can use. Warm clothing, especially hats and gloves, do the trick during cold nights out in the open, along with neck warmers and fleece jackets worn either solo or under army-issued coats. You can order something for an individual soldier as well as for an entire unit. Contact United with Israel.
And lastly, for those who want to speak with a soldier and find out more about their personal experiences and struggles — emotional, physical and political — out in the field, write to them. Intended as an open conversation, it’s a chance to cut past the rhetoric and have a direct conversation — and that’s a good thing.