In Memory of Shir - Food Baskets for the Needy

Monday, February 25, 2019 |  Ariel Rudolph

Two weeks before the end of her officer's course, Shir was dead, torn from this life during the bloody terrorist attack on January 8, 2017. Israel's Prime Minister, Defense Minister, Chief of the General Staff and the President visited the family to personally convey their condolences. Shir was torn from this life in a bloody terrorist attack on January 8, 2017 on the famous Haas Promenade in Jerusalem's south.

Shir had grown up in a loving home, often struggling with financial difficulties. She was aware that not only did she need financial support, but others had to struggle to survive as well. n her spare time, she dedicated herself to students from 5-6 different schools in Maale Adumim who had learning difficulties. Many of these students owe their high school diploma to her effort.

Shir not only helped these young people but, for a year, she voluntarily assisted a Holocaust survivor. She visited every Thursday, helped with doing shopping, kept her company, and helped wherever she could. After the terrorist attack, the family of the Holocaust survivor did not have the heart to tell her about the death of the young soldier.

Shir's parents sought a way to commemorate her and to deal with their grief and formed an organization honoring her. This organization aims to carry on the good deeds that Shir started. Two of the organization's goals are distributing food baskets for low-income families and organizing lessons for scholars with learning difficulties.

Food baskets are donated by parents and students from Maale Adumim and, every other week, are collected, packed and distributed by a different high school class. At the beginning of the project the number of baskets distributed numbered 26 and now stands at 150 every two weeks.

Her family are making a special effort to support needy families on this upcoming Purim to distribute "mishlochot manot" - celebratory gift baskets - distributed every year at Purim.

Purim is around the corner! Help us help her family commemorate Shir in this special way!

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