Last night we hosted more than just a barbecue; it was a heartfelt gesture of appreciation and support for the brave soldiers of the IDF Unit 9206. This special unit is stationed in a critical area on the Gaza border. A place where seven soldiers were tragically lost on October 7th. In the face of their unwavering dedication, we gathered to host a BBQ, offering more than just delicious food. It was an opportunity to lift their spirits and show gratitude for their tireless efforts in protecting and keeping our nation safe. As the aroma of the BBQ filled the air, we gave out useful swag, including special water bottles designed to keep their drinks either hot or cold—a small token of comfort for those who have endured so much.

The soldiers, after three months of relentless commitment in the midst of war, arrived hungry and tired. BBQs like these, accompanied by small gifts, play a crucial role in boosting morale. Even though the IDF diligently ensures the nutritional needs of its soldiers, the addition of BBQs brings an extra touch of warmth and care that makes a tremendous difference. The effect of these barbecues on morale is invaluable. Soldiers express deep appreciation for the extra support, care, and good food. They see that even as strangers, we take the time and resources to bring them a moment of joy. They deserve our time, effort, money, and love because their work allows us to sleep soundly in our beds every night.

At Israel Magen Fund, we believe that raising the morale of our soldiers is not just a nice thing to do; it’s our duty. There seems to be no end in sight, and it’s easy for soldiers to lose some fire. Gratefully, we continue to support and care for them, thanks to generous donations and contributions. We received a large and generous donation of $25,000 from the incredible nonprofit, America For Israel. Contributions like these fuel our ability to provide more BBQs, medical supplies, and safety gear. This donation is a lifeline, allowing us to extend our support to the dedicated and brave soldiers who put their lives on the line daily to protect Israel and Am Yisrael.

As we navigate through these challenging times, it’s imperative that we stand united, supporting our heroes, and expressing gratitude for their sacrifices. The least we can do is remind them that we are all praying for their safety, standing behind them, and supporting them every step of the way. Together, we make a difference in the lives of those who keep our beloved country safe.