Once during Operation Protective Edge and once again during the "silent intifadah", Artists 4 Israel made the brave choice to travel to Israel to distribute our Healing Arts Kits.
In August, we provided 250 Emergency War Time versions of our kits to the communities that sit directly on the border of Gaza and where the terror tunnels were built. In Nachal Oz, Alumim and Sa'ad, we did art therapy programs with the children and worked with the parents to refine the activities within the Kits.
We also met with the Israel Trauma Center and the Israel Coalition for the Treatment of Psychotrauma who each recommended this program.
In November, sponsored by the Women's International Zionist Organization, we brought 300 more kits and distributed them at WIZO centers in Ashdod, Yavne, Rechovot and Rishon Letzyion. Each center welcomed the Healing Arts Kits and even had their own specific and unique uses for them.
After the massacre at Har Nof, we had 6 remaining Kits that had not been distributed. We were requested by the family of Rabbi Kupinsky to bring them to his nieces and nephews to assist in their grieving and healing. We were honored to do so.