Friends of the Israel Defense Forces, Yachad Lema’an Hachayal, and the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews have partnered to provide Fellowship gift cards to about 10,000 needy soldiers in the Israel Defense Forces; 6,330 of them are lone soldiers. The cards, each one worth about $140, allow the soldiers to celebrate the holiday by buying food, clothing, shoes, and leisure items. The cards can be used at about 90 major retail chain stores across Israel.
Lone soldiers either come from abroad to serve in the IDF and have no immediate family in Israel or they are native Israelis who do not have family support. Fifty-five percent of the lone soldiers serve in combat or combat-support roles. Out of all lone soldiers now in the IDF, 53 percent are foreign born and come from 75 countries around the world: 795 are from the United States, 563 from Ukraine, 492 from Russia, and 457 from France.
The FIDF and the Fellowship also distribute gift cards at Passover. This campaign is administered in collaboration with the IDF Personnel Directorate and reaches every eligible IDF soldier. FIDF and the Fellowship have been teaming up to deliver the holiday gift cards since 2009.