Fridge for Meira and her Family
Meira and her husband moved to Israel 18 years ago with their six children. The couple divorced five years later and the father is no longer in touch with the family. He does not pay any child support.
Meira, 56, is fiercely independent and hesitates to ask for aid of any kind. She works in a dry cleaning business (as laundress, ironer, and cashier), stretching her small salary to cover the family’s needs. Most of the children are now grown; only the youngest, 22, still lives at home. He is developmentally delayed and is in his last year of special education.
Four years ago, Meira’s health began to decline. She suffers from partial numbness on one side of her body, making it harder to sustain full-time work. Her salary has dropped accordingly. Meira needs a new refrigerator but does not have the money with which to buy one.