The “Winter Clothing Operation” — a monumental five-week initiative organized by Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) and concluded Dec. 17 — provided 150 tons of essential winter clothing and gear, totaling $10,128,940, to IDF soldiers on the front lines fighting to restore peace and security in Israel following the barbaric Hamas attacks on October 7.
The massive effort involved the purchase of 2,647,013 items and their delivery to Israel on two chartered 747s on November 22 and December 4, along with cargo flights containing 103,764 items, and El Al flights carrying 429,836 items.
Essential items sent included warm hats, neck gaiters, gloves, thermal pants and tops, blankets, T-shirts, socks and underwear, and sleeping bags.
In November, in anticipation of the cold months ahead, the IDF approached FIDF with an urgent request for essential items for the hundreds of thousands of soldiers and reservists on active duty. FIDF raised funds and purchased the requested clothing and gear and organized shipments to Israel.
“Through our daily communication with the IDF, we understand their greatest needs and recognize that these essentials can make all the difference for combat soldiers, who are making the most incredible sacrifices, during this war,” said FIDF CEO Steve Weil. “We are grateful to our generous supporters who allowed us to fulfill this and every other IDF need.”
FIDF was established in 1981 by a group of Holocaust survivors as a not-for-profit organization with the mission of transforming the lives of the men and women of the IDF through empowering educational and financial well-being and cultural initiatives. With 25 chapters throughout the United States, FIDF supports soldiers before, during, and after their service as well as families of fallen soldiers and wounded veterans.
One hundred percent of current donations to FIDF are going toward the war effort and can be made at fidf.org.