With today's accepted norms of cleanliness, people who want to help the troops on the frontlines don't roll bandages, but there's still plenty to do.
Yesterday, I joined dozens of men, women, youth and children packing A Package from Home. The logistics of the undertaking are tremendous, as was the enthusiasm of the packers.
We met at 1pm at the Beit Knesset HaNasi in Rechavia, Jerusalem. We were told that we had to be finished by 4pm, and that there would be eight hundred, 800, packages.
Over the years, I had read about Barbara's project, whch had rapidly outgrown her living room. It was one of those "I'd love to do it" dreams, and finally I had the opportunity.
I met a number of friends, like the legendary Toby Willig and her daughter, Ruthie.
We were all so overwhelmed by the massive quantities of gifts we'd be packing for our IDF Israeli soldiers. It was very emotional.
And then we got to work, and we worked quickly.
By 2:30 the packing was completed and the room was being returned to its synagogue set-up.