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Friends of the IDF ships 150 tons of winter clothing, gear to troops

The effort involved the purchase and delivery of 2,647,013 items, such as thermal clothing and sleeping bags.

Israeli troops operating in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, Dec. 21, 2023. Credit: IDF.
Israeli troops operating in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, Dec. 21, 2023. Credit: IDF.


Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) in the United States has completed a five-week initiative to send 150 tons of essential winter clothing and gear to Israeli soldiers fighting on the front line in Gaza.

Dubbed “Winter Clothing Operation,” the effort involved the purchase of 2,647,013 items and their delivery to Israel on two chartered 747s on Nov. 22 (585,132 items) and Dec. 4 (368,951 items), along with cargo flights containing 103,764 items, and El Al flights carrying 429,836 items—at a total cost of $10,128,940.

Essential items sent included 200,136 warm hats, 47,556 neck gaiters, 184,093 gloves, 327,179 thermal pants, 320,926 thermal tops, 30,823 fleece blankets, 500,000 T-shirts, 479,994 long socks, 483,296 men’s underwear, 50,010 women’s underwear and 10,000 sleeping bags.

“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 Steve Weil, chief executive officer of FIDF.

Originally published by Israel Hayom.

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