Woman collecting supplies for soldiers fighting in Israel

Kim Ruttenberg, who is collecting supplies for soldiers serving in Israel, speaks to WPTV ON Oct. 16, 2023.PNG
Posted at 4:48 PM, Oct 16, 2023
and last updated 2023-10-16 17:15:41-04

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — For many who have loved ones in Israel, it's difficult to be so far away and feel helpless.

WPTV on Monday spoke to one woman who is doing what she can from the U.S. to help soldiers fighting in Israel.

Kim Ruttenberg went to college in South Florida. Her brother is serving in the Israeli military and she's collecting money to buy supplies for him and others on the front lines.

Ruttenberg said she's flying to Israel later this week to bring duffle bags full of supplies for Israeli soldiers like her brother. She said they need things like earplugs, jackets, and socks, but all items must be approved by the military.

Ruttenberg said it's been terrifying to know her brother is fighting overseas, so she's doing what she can to help.

"The last thing we want is a soldier being in danger because he’s uncomfortable and can’t stop thinking about blisters on his ankles or how uncomfortable his underwear is. Or he doesn’t know where he is because he doesn’t have a compass on his watch or whatever. It may be we want to make sure they are able to fully focus on what’s in front of them, and not because they are lacking supplies," Ruttenberg said.

Ruttenberg plans to stay in Israel for two weeks and help with volunteer efforts.

If you'd like to donate, contact Ruttenberg by clicking here.