22 The Gaza-Border City of Sderot Sderot is a city (24,000 residents) on the Israeli border with Gaza, within easy range of every rocket, mortar and missile fired by Hamas – over 18,000 from 2001 to 2018 including hundreds while we were writing this edition of the HOT News. Much of Sderot’s industry and many of its wealthier citizens have moved to “safer” parts of Israel. Our work in Sderot includes Youth at Risk, the Poor and the Hungry, the Elderly and Victims of War and Terror. HOT has been working for many years with Reut Sderot, an organization that helps the young, families, and the elderly. HOT and its donors have paid for renovating bomb shelters so after-school programs could use them. We have paid for food for the hungry (about 30% of the residents of Sderot are regulars at the social welfare office). We have paid for summer day camp for kids whose parents work and otherwise would be left at home or on the streets. Over the years we have (i) created and expanded programs in their Daycare Center for At-Risk Children, Early Childhood Daycare Center, and Community Center and (ii) annually have given camp scholarships to ensure that Reut’s camp program (which is subsidized by the City) includes as many children as possible. Since 2006, HOT has made more than 100 separate grants to Reut. Prior to the Summer of 2014 war, HOT made grants for children to go to summer camp, for equipment for daycare centers and sun-protective tents that were placed over play areas where kids participate in special afterschool programs and partnered with another organization to purchase three industrial size freezers for Reut. We paid for a coordinator for Reut’s Emergency Response Team and for part of the renovation of an existing building that Reut uses as an Education Center for learning-disabled children. But then came the summer. Thousands of rockets aimed at, or over, Sderot. When their flame was spotted on ignition the sirens started and gave the residents only 14 seconds to make it to the bomb shelter. HOT was there, on the phone almost every day, making almost $100,000 (see page 48) in grants to equip shelters and pay for food, games for kids, fire extinguishers, respite day and overnight trips, texting plans, animal assisted therapy, first aid training, and more. We have paid to reinforce gates and doors to buildings where Reut takes care of young children and we have partially funded the purchase of the furniture and equipment for a “safe” building that houses a daycare facility run by Reut. This year, we have already funded food coupons, camp scholarships, and as we write this edition of the HOT News and as a result of a new round of devastating missiles, we are funding emergency kits for bunkers and respite care trips. Current Wish List: • $2,424 robotics class for 30 children at risk at 2 afterschool clubhouses • $4,705 kitchen equipment at afterschool clubhouse for Youth at Risk • $5,427 equestrian therapy at afterschool clubhouse for Youth at Risk