How it all began...
Barbara's work started eleven years ago at the outbreak of the 2nd Intifada in 2000. Like many others, Barbara felt frustrated and wanted to do something to help… but what could she do? She soon realized that sending "care packages"” to soldiers would be a perfect idea. Enlisting the help of some neighbors and family, Barbara's first packages were actually assembled in her living room and mailed to IDF units. When word spread of her efforts, the army actually came to her and agreed to arrange pick-ups of the boxes. Soon, word of the project spread and checks started coming from people all over the world - everyone wanted to be part of APFH.
Eventually, Barbara's living and dining rooms were too small to accommodate the volunteers who arrived to help pack and donated space was located nearby. To date, A Package From Home has sent out more than 135,000 packages. Groups traveling from the States carry many, many duffel bags filled with supplies for the soldiers (M&M's are the soldiers' favorite) and then spend a few hours on an "assembly line" with Barbara, helping to put the packages together. Usually the group is fortunate enough to be there when the soldiers arrive from their base for their pick-up and they then have the honor of meeting the soldiers face-to-face and piling the packages into the trucks. In addition to the toiletries, the clothing items, the snacks and the M&M's, all packages contain 4 letters to the soldier written by a Hebrew or day school student here in America. (to see what is in our winter/summer packages please go to Our Mission) Barbara is always looking for a supply of letters so this is an ideal class project. Be in touch with Barbara or Shira Gilor, Project Manger, to get the details.