Harry Greenwald and his wife Brenda Kolar recently made arrangements to donate an ambulance to MAGEN DAVID ADOM.
Harry was a leading plastics entrepreneur and U.S. Navy veteran who lived in the Chicago area.
The philanthropist, 93, had hoped to see the vehicle, which was built in Indiana, before it traveled to Israel. But Harry died shortly before its assembly was completed.
So instead, the ambulance led his funeral procession in September at Shalom Memorial Park in Arlington Heights, Illinois.
“Harry and Brenda cared deeply about the Jewish people and Israel,” said Greenwald’s stepson, Brad Kolar, during the eulogy. “They gave to many causes, but the most important gift Harry ever gave was an ambulance for MAGEN DAVID ADOM. This ambulance will literally save lives.”
“It is especially meaningful to see the way Harry’s children and grandchildren are continuing to champion this cause,” Jennifer Elvey Schnepper, a senior AFMDA team member said. “His memory is truly a blessing.”
Every year about 150 ambulances in Israel wear out or are damaged to the point they must be taken out of service. It is only by the generosity of those who love Israel that these vehicles are replaced, enabling MAGEN DAVID ADOM paramedics and EMTs to continue saving lives.