On Thursday May 19 2011, the Haifa New Covenant Church, with the cooperation and support of local and international Christian organizations, undertook a wonderful humanitarian project to provide basic staples and supplies for the city’s needy families. The project was called “Love Haifa.” Parcels and food packs for over 300 families were distributed without reference to religion or ethnic background. Over seventy local and international brothers and sisters volunteered to serve in the preparation and presentation of the care packages to those who came.
The honorable Yonah Yahav, mayor of Haifa, embraced the concept and empowered all the relevant departments of the municipality to help the church and brothers and sisters for the success of the endeavor. The municipality also provided the community center, Beit HaGefen, from which to base this project. The municipality Social Welfare Department provided registrations of needy families and invited them to the community center while seeing to strict confidentiality and taking into account the feelings and privacy of these families.
It is worth noting that there is a high percentage of underprivileged families here, particularly single-parent homes or divorcees with children. Thus it is incumbent upon all of us to care for them with such expressions of generous love and concern. We take great encouragement and joy from the grateful responses which came from all involved--which points to the fact that kindness still prevails in our beloved city of Haifa.
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