ACTNews, JERUSALEM – Jerusalem, the old city located on the blessed soil of Palestine is shrouded by the cold winter air. Unlike during summers when the temperature reached around 27-30⁰ Celsius, the temperature plummets in winter, reaching only around 7-10⁰ Celsius. At times, thin snow falls on the city of Al-Quds.
As the winter reaches its coldest point in December and January, Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) distributed 500 food packages to families in Bayt Al-Maqdis.
It was a day in the fourth week of December. An ACT volunteer in Jerusalem was seen arranging medium sized boxes in rows. He thoroughly inspected the boxes to make sure that each box of the winter aid package contains equal food items.
Eight to eleven boxes were arranged in a row. One volunteer checked the list of the food items that were going to be put inside the boxes while the other volunteer put each item into the boxes. Once the boxes were fully loaded, they were distributed to the beneficiaries.
“Hundreds of families received food packages that contain rice, flour, beans, milk, sugar, oil, oats, biscuits, canned meat, canned tuna and dates,” explained Andi Noor Faradiba of Global Humanity Response (GHR) – ACT.
The food packages were fully funded by the people of Indonesia as an attempt to assist Palestinian families during winter. “Apart from the food packages, around 1,000 families will receive room heaters to keep their abode warn during winter,” added Faradiba.
Jerusalem has witnessed thousands of years of conflicts. Currently, the city that is a home to hundreds of thousands of residents has been disputed by Palestine and Israel. In this city live the Murabitin: those who steadfastly guard the sanctity of Al-Aqsa Mosque.
“Apart from winter aid, the guardians of Al-Aqsa also regularly receive aid through the Humanity Cards. By using these cards, they can get the basic needs they require for free in ACT-affiliated stores,” concluded Faradiba.