Some people may ask why you should bother to shlep things to Israel...after all, doesn’t the economy need stimulation and shouldn’t we just bring our money and buy these things there? The answer is not so simple. The truth is that many non-profits that are working on the front lines are not getting the funding they need and by your bringing these items with you, you are allowing them to use their funds for other immediate needs.
Also, for example, certain items like toiletries and school supplies are expensive in Israel, not to mention that the quality found for other items in the U.S. is preferred.
The items to bring are listed below, by groups. While you can certainly feel free to mix and match between groups, it is much easier for us if you bring the items pre-separated by group.They will be delivered in this fashion (and we wouldn't want the dental clinic getting the candy, right?)
Contact us to arrange pick-up and/or delivery.
ALL ITEMS SHOULD BE NEW, EXCEPT AS INDICATED OTHERWISE BELOW
GROUP B - For Shutaf - All about Inclusion!
Arts and Crafts for 50 kids and 10 teens
- Stickers, buttons, sequins, beads
- Crayola markers, oil crayons, permanent markers
- Felt and other material
- Fabric markers, fabric paints, fabric dyes, food coloring
- Holiday themed projects (Hanukah, Pesach) kits for dolls, pillows, wallets, etc.
- Acrylic paints and brushes in different sizes
- Adaptive Equipment – pens, markers and drawing tools designed for kids with motor issues
- Music Making for a group of 12 kids, 6 staff
- Percussion instruments - shakers, tambourines, claves
- Electric keyboard
- Drums (for group activities)
- CD Player
- Ipod and Dock
- 6 Simple Headphones
- 12 Cushioned mats
- Drama for a group of 12 kids, 6 staff
- Cushioned Mats
- Costumes - hats and props
- Photography (for the teens and staff)
- 4 Flip Video Cameras
- Digital Camera
- Video Camera
- Cooperative Games
- Parachute - large-size
- Lego and Playmobil for quiet play
- Hebrew Books for elementary school aged children
- Cozy Corner
- Colorful Rugs for sitting
* School supplies for children and teens in need: pens, pencils, colored pens and pencils, markers, erasers, small rulers (only if they have centimeters on them), pencil cases, colored paper, constructions paper, backpacks, crayons.
* Board Games and other toys are expensive here. So, how about bringing along Kerplunk, Chess, Backgammon, Mancalla, Uno, Lego, Barbie dolls (and her outifts!), playing cards,
* Stuffed animals, Beanie Babies (new or very gently used) for distribution in hospitals and to kids everywhere
For DVI - Dental Volunteers for Israel
* Dental supplies for children being treated at DVI - a free children's dental clinic - floss, children's toothbrushes, small toothpastes, rubber gloves.
* Women's pantyhose
and knee hi's in a variety of sizes; colors: black, nude, white,
full slips and half slips, warm robes and nightgowns
and men’s briefs—all sizes.
* Tights for Women (Medium and Large sizes/dark colors)
* Socks for Infants,
Children, Men, Women (multi-packs, white sport and dark dress
* Infant pj’s,
one piece terry or cotton outfits, onesies.
- for care packages for people in need
* Small travel
supplies: little deodorants, little shampoos, soaps, sunscreen,
little shaving creams, little hand creams, (all of these should be sorted by type and all of one type placed in Zip-Loc bags) toothpaste, toothbrushes, disposable razors, etc.
NO AEROSOLS. These MUST be small sample size bottles and MUST
be unopened. They will be used by soldiers who are out on the
front-lines, so think small and portable!
* Men's undershirts
(t-shirt, round-neck style, medium and large, short sleeve, white), long underwear-tops
and bottoms-white (medium, large) for soldiers.
* Packages of hard
candies (kosher) and small bags or tubes of M&M’s (pocket
size) for care packages for people in need
* Used and new eyeglasses, or frames without the lenses - for
a non-profit clinic
* Women’s wigs- used or new, excellent condition (for women undergoing
-- for survivors of terror attacks, and/or Righteous Gentiles living in Israel
* Storage containers for kitchen things.
* Towels, sleeping bags, kids' cartoon sheets.
* Creams & lotions; perfume; nail polish;
* Knitted or crocheted items; small crafts made by adults or children.
* Sponge - with a long handle so that the legs and back can be washed without bending
* Bathmat - the bath mat prevents slipping in the bath and fits in a standard bathtub
* Sock helper - this is a one of a kind thing - lets you put your foot into a sock without having to pull (like a big funnel)
* Shoe horn - the shoe horn has a longer handle so shoes can be put on without bending and on the other end has a back scratcher (handy if you have an itch in the middle of your back of bottom of your leg)
* Hand extension - it comes in one length as far as I know and has an easy grip at the top that you squeeze and then pick up stuff on the floor, or even change a light bulb
* Medicine pill box - for a whole week and has compartments for medication up to 4 times a day (ie 7 x 4 mini compartments that hold pills). it is demarcated by morning, noon evening and night (unfortunately in
English is ok).
NOTE: All items in "Group H" are relatively inexpensive (under $10) and most can be found in dollar stores and the like.
The thing to remember most is—if you wouldn’t use
it, chances are someone else wouldn’t either. All clothing
mentioned above should be new.
Place all toiletries
in zip-lock bags-- in case of spillage you will be glad you did!
Remember: The groupings above are how you should pack your items
so that there is no sorting nightmare on the receiving end. Packing
them in supermarket plastic bags is effective and easy.
If you are not leaving your second bag behind to be donated (which
you should feel free to do - they are needed), just add a couple
of large, heavy plastic bags to the suitcase so you can easily
remove everything you have brought and place it in the plastic
bags that will be turned over to the organizations.
You will receive instructions about when and where to bring these
bags during your trip.
Of course, Tzedakah cash is always welcome and can be used to
buy items locally!
Thank you for turning your trip into a