Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman is teaming up with a program to support Syrian refugees.
Operation Human Warmth is an initiative to provide warm clothes and supplies to displaced Syrians affected by the country’s civil war.
“When I heard about Operation Human Warmth I felt deeply moved and compelled to get involved,” Portman said in a statement.
“In the middle of a brutal winter, these children have no shelter and their lives are in serious jeopardy from the cold. I am proud to take part in an operation where Israeli youth of all backgrounds are taking action to help out those whom need it most.”
Portman has already donated clothing and funds to the effort. The actress announced her support while in Israel filming her directorial debut–an adaptation of Jewish writer Amos Oz’s “A Tale of Love and Darkness.”
Operation Human Warmth is headed by Israeli groups Hanoar Haoved Vehalomed, Dror-Israel, and Israeli Flying Aid.
“When we see the situation in Syria right now, we feel compelled to act. We feel that this operation is an expression of the Israeli public’s willingness to help those who need it most,” said Dror Israel international collaborations director Gilad Perry.
More than 20,000 items have already been collected for the initiative.
J-Connection: Natalie Portman is an Israeli-born Jewish actress.