Volunteers at Yad Leah's 2017 clothing drive

Yad Leah is a volunteer organization with the mission to assist and support needy families in Israel by providing them with warm, comfortable clothing in a dignified fashion. Through a network of 23 thrift shops around the county, Yad Leah reaches thousands of needy Israeli families, preparing them to go to school, go to work, or just greet each day with confidence.

The 7th Annual West Hempstead Yad Leah clothing drive is slated for Sunday, October 14, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. at the Young Israel of West Hempstead, 630 Hempstead Avenue.

Volunteers will be available to greet and assist donors. All donations of excellent-quality infant through adult clothing are desperately needed as well as linens, towels, tablecloths, handbags, shoes, hair accessories, and all outerwear.

Here is an example of the difference Yad Leah makes: Avigail hesitantly tapped on the door of one of Yad Leah’s 25 clothing thrift shops in Israel. She had finally just left a local women’s shelter with her three children and was now seeking to start life over again. She came looking for sneakers for all three children. The kids also desperately wanted “normal, nice” clothes they could wear to school without broadcasting to everyone their economic and social status. An hour later, Avigail left with four bags overflowing with beautiful clothes. It almost seemed that the clothes were handpicked and sent from America just for her family. As she exited, Avigail seemed to be walking taller, accompanied by her three children with beaming smiles, now confident and ready to go back to school.

A tax-deductible donation of $25 to Yad Leah is suggested to defray shipping costs. For more information, contact Chaya Pollak chaipol@optonline.net or YadLeah.org

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