Rivka’s family used to be very well-to-do, and live a very peaceful, and content life. Her father was a successful contractor and businessman, until about nine years ago, when he partnered with someone on a real estate investment. Unbeknownst to her father, he was partnered with a family of crime, and by the time he found out it was too late. They severely entangled him into a financial mess, and threatened to cause him much harm if he reported to the authorities.
After a while, they foreclosed their home, along with all of its contents, and they remained with hardly anything. Her father was put in jail, and her mother left home after that, because she couldn’t handle the situation, leaving the 8 children alone, without food, water, or electricity. If they wanted a drink, they had to go to the nearby park’s water fountain, or to the public community center. They had no clothing to wear, and no way to wash the clothing on their backs. Rivka left school and began cleaning homes in order to buy food for her siblings.
Finally, at age 26, Rivka got engaged, but can’t pay for any of the wedding needs. When she received $1,000 from Milka’s Fund for clothing for after the wedding, she immediately began wearing the things she bought, because she had none until now. She also received $1,000 for food, $1,000 for wedding expenses, and an electronics package. It saved her life.