In the wake of Israel's strike on Syrian chemical weapons convoys last week, Israeli citizens in the north rushed to get their gas masks.
Officials from the Israel Postal Service said that over 4,000 masks had been given out Tuesday alone, up from 1,400 on the days before. In Jerusalem and Beersheva the numbers were especially high, up from less than 400 a day to over 1,000. That means almost three times the average number of Israelis came to distribution centers across the country to receive their protective gear.
As of now, more than 4,700,000 protective gear kits have been distributed nationwide.
Children are especially vulnerable to toxins, and Israel has had to create special gas masks for children. In a few short weeks, though, children will dress up very differently when they celebrate the redemption of the Jewish people from the evil plans of Haman on Purim.
Purim, celebrated on February 23rd, is a holiday for children (read more about the festival here). Israeli children dress up and go around giving gifts - mishloach manot - to friends, as well as going to the synagogue to hear the the story of Esther.
Help Israeli children celebrate this festive holiday and give them something to smile about in this trying time. Click here and purchase a Purim Treat for Children. Israel Today staff will go to various locations in the Jerusalem area and around Israel to deliver your Purim Treat to help children celebrate this festive holiday.
Be part of the spirit of Purim. Bring joy to the children of Israel.