On Monday, I met Jill Petrie, President of the Almond Branch Initiative (ABI), a Pennsylvania nonprofit organization that brings humanitarian aid into Israel. Jill works in a very unique way among the IDF and has a direct connection with an IDF liaison as well as with many of the units' Commanders. ABI has brought over $250,000 into Israel in just the last few years under relatively peaceful times, but now these guys really need help.
Young soldiers are in desperate need of very basic items and ABI wants to do what it can to help. It takes just 24 to 48 hrs to turn around your donation to the soldiers.
Below is just the most recent list of needs, itemized, cost included and what specific units need help so that donors may pray for them.
One hundred percent of all donations go to Israel and all donors will receive a charitable tax donation receipt. Please visit ABI's website, www.hopeinhardship.org. Donations can be made directly on the website or checks can be made out to Almond Branch Initiative, PO Box 35, Fountainville, PA 18923.
- Counter Terror Unit - Lotar - 200 tactical knee pads @ $50 each = $10,000
- 82nd Regiment - 100 Leatherman Multi-tools - @ $124 each = $12,400
- Golani Brigade - 100 Special Vest Bages @ $42 = $4200
- Fallen Soldier's Identification Unit - 200 Head Flashlight @$11 each = $2200
- 603rd Regiment (Combat Engineering) 200 Head Flashlight @$11 each =$ 2200
- Gadsar Golani - 200 Operational Army Camel Bags @$34 each = $6800
- 82nd Regiment (Tanks) - 50 Coffee Sets @ $34 each = $1700
- 605th Regiment - 50 Coffee Sets @ $34 each = $1700
- 52nd Regiment - 50 Coffee Sets @ $34 each = $1700 (These sets are to serve coffee to a quantity of soldiers in the field)
- 605 Regiment -200 sets of undershirt, socks, and underwear (2 pairs) @$8 each - $1600
- Nachshon Regiment - 200 of above set @ $8 each = $1600
- Regiment 605 - 200 sets of undershirt, socks, 2 pair underwear and towel @ $12 each = $1600
- Nahal 931 - 200 sets of above @ $12 each = $2400
- Reginment 605 - 200 sets of above @ $12 each = $2400
- Golani 51 - 300 sets of above @ $12 each = $3600
- 996 Combat Engineering - 500 dry fit shirts for the field @ $7 each = $3500