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If you've got 200,000 shekels to spare...by michael • March 25 2008
...you may want to keep in mind the volunteer charity organization House of Wheels, which provides a nurturing community for disabled children, and whose new clubhouse in Even Sapir, a moshav on the outskirts of Jerusalem, was heavily damaged by arsonists this week.
The building is supposed to replace The House of Wheels center in the Ramot neighborhood of Jerusalem, which the society has rented for the past eight years and must vacate by the end of April. Torem could not say whether the landlord will agree to extend the lease.
The plot thickens: another House of Wheels center in Herzliya, a ritzy exurb of Tel Aviv, is the target of organized opposition from residents who worry that all those kids with cerebral palsy will - wait for it - drive down their property values.
Anyway, if you've got some spare shekels and you, unlike Shmuel Zamir, believe that handicapped children deserve a better fate than being shut inside their whole lives so they don't clog the sidewalks with their depressing lack of motor function, consider making a tax-exempt donation to House of Wheels. Information on donating can be found here.
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