This is the first year that the FIDF, Texas Region will be participating in #GivingTuesday and we are very excited to join the other amazing organizations as they work to improve the lives of their communities. We are so thankful for #GivingTuesday and all they do to support all the great work that non-profits do throughout the country.

Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) was established in 1981 by a group of Holocaust survivors. Our mission is to provide a variety of programs that support the well-being of the brave men and women that serve to protect Israel. Our programs include educational, cultural, recreational and social services programs and facilities that provide hope, purpose, and life-changing support for the soldiers who protect Israel and Jews worldwide.

In the past year, with the help of our supporters we have been able to provide:

• FIDF IMPACT! Scholarships to 3,584 soldiers in the 2015-16 academic year

• Assistance and support to 2,664 Lone Soldiers (Many Lone Soldiers are form the U.S.)

• Life changing support to 700 wounded veterans

• Financial and in-kind support to 8,000 soldiers facing financial hardship

• Comfort and aid to more than 6,000 family members of fallen soldiers

The Israeli government is responsible for training IDF soldiers and providing them with the necessary tools for their service. FIDF is committed to providing these soldiers with love, support, and care in an effort to ease the burden they carry on behalf of the Jewish community worldwide.

Their job is to look after Israel and ours is to look after them.

As of 2016, FIDF has been awarded with the highly-coveted (and highest) 4-Star rating by Charity Navigator, the leading charity evaluator in America for the SIXTH STRAIGHT YEAR. Only 4% of the charities evaluated by Charity Navigator have received at least 6 consecutive, 4-Star evaluations indicating that FIDF “outperforms most other charities in America.”

We ask that you join us on November 29th and allow us to share the stories of our soldiers and see how your efforts make life changing moments for them. We appreciate any time, donation, gift or the power of your voice in your local community to promote our cause on #GivingTuesday.

The soldiers that we are helping are behind the cutting edge technological innovations and lifesaving medical advances coming out of Israel that affect millions of people throughout the world.