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Pictures of the inside of the apartment of a 90-year-old Israeli woman in distress. Photos: Facebook.

Pictures of the inside of the apartment of a 90-year-old Israeli woman in distress. Photos: Facebook.

Dozens of Israelis answered a Facebook call to help a 90-year-old woman living alone in poor conditions in the north of the country.

A Facebook group called “Horim BaKrayot” [“Parents in the Krayot”] posted a photograph of the inside of the woman’s squalid apartment in Kiryat Motzkin and the Hebrew news site 0404 published the picture and request for assistance.

Within minutes, said 0404 on Monday, “We received many replies from concerned citizens offering to volunteer their services to ameliorate the condition of the elderly woman. These included: renovations, household equipment and supplies, furniture, grocery shopping, assistance with day-to-day chores and cash donations. The latter, according to 0404, was from people who said they live too far away to provide hands-on help.”

The following are samples of responses from complete strangers received by 0404:

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“Willing to give her a brand-new feather quilt, warm slippers and clothing. And where can I bring bedding and a winter coat?”

“I can organize food – easily, since I live in her area – and sheets and I can donate a table, and because I have a car, anyone can contact me to deliver things to her.”

“Interested in buying her a new heater, and if she needs any other electrical appliance, I’d be happy to buy that, too. Is there a cellphone number I can call?”

“Send me a cell number, and I’ll take care of doing her shopping and bringer her blankets or whatever else she needs.”

“I have a new heater to give her and a used stove, if she needs it. I can deliver the heater today.”

“Is there a bank account where one can transfer money to her?”

“When can I can get to work?”

“Hey, I’d love to know how I can donate supplies and to come and help renovate her house.”

This, said 0404, is the beautiful side of Israeli society, which so often gets overlooked in the fray of politics and conflict.

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