Purim is a joyous holiday where family and friends celebrate together to remember the story of Mordechai and Esther. This Purim, Chayal el Chayal together with forty five volunteers which included former, present, and future lone soldiers, brought joy and happiness to soldiers on base through the IDF Purim Mishloach Manot for Lone Soldiers.
The IDF Purim Mishloach Manot project which was run by Chayal el Chayal, teamed up with Standing Together, and packaged 3,000 Mishloach Manot for the soldiers.
Weeks before Purim, children from all around the world wrote letters to the IDF soldiers to be received on Purim together with their Mishloach Manot. Chaya Morozow who runs the Purim Project Letters to Soldiers, received calls from enthusiastic schools and parents who wanted their children to have a connection with the IDF Soldiers. The turnout was really incredible! Hundreds of kids, as well as many college campuses from across the united states, sent in letters.
Packaging 3,000 Mishloach Manot was not an easy task. It took more than twelve hours a day of dedication from our volunteers. One of our lone soldier homes was filled with goodies from the floor until the ceiling. Inside the Mishlaoch Manot were Pringles, Energy Drinks, Chocolate Candy Bars and much more. The Mishlaoch Manot gave the soldiers a home-feeling, even though they were thousands of miles away.
The smile that was brought to thousands of lone soldiers was amazing! Next Year Chayal el Chayal plant to give out more than 3,000 Mishloach Manot.
Purim in Jerusalem, which was celebrated on Thursday night and Friday, brought throngs of Lone Soldiers to Chayal el Chayal to hear the Meggilah reading, enjoy a festive meal and have a great time. The Purim meal went until 1:30am with singing, dancing and good resolutions throughout the evening.