Sun City man gives ambulance to Israel Red Cross

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Sun City man gives ambulance to Israel Red Cross

BY LAURA MARBLE, <i>The Sun City Packet</i>
Published Thursday, December 27, 2001 in The Island Packet  |  301 Words  |  /IslandPacket/communities/suncit

An emergency vehicle sat in the driveway of Sun City resident Allen Kupfer, awaiting dedication for use in disaster relief. ' The vehicle did not bear the familiar red cross, though. ' Instead, it bore a red star of
David.' Allen Kupfer, a World War II Holocaust survivor from Poland, is donating an ambulance to Israel's version of the American Red Cross -- Mogen David Adom. The vehicle was dedicated by a rabbi Dec. 16, and will soon be shipped from
Savannah to Israel. ' Kupfer purchased the vehicle through a branch of Mogen David Adom in Miami.' "When I donate an ambulance that can take people to the hospital to save some lives, that's a privilege," Kupfer said.'
Along with a red star, the ambulance bears the names of Kupfer's parents, who died in the Holocaust. ' Kupfer is donating the ambulance in their memory, and in the memory of 140 other family members Kupfer lost in the Holocaust.'
"I feel it is pertinent for me to support the people that stood by us," he said, remembering the Israelis who parachuted beyond enemy lines during WW II, trying to bring Jews to freedom.' Kupfer's donation, though, is not meant to be a
sign of political support to just the Israelis, he said.' "I don't engage in politics," he said. "I don't believe in everything that's happening on either side. People die on both sides. Wherever there's a mother and a child, it's always
a tragedy when the child gets killed."' Kupfer is paying for the ambulance with 25 percent of the money that he freed up by selling his condominium in Chicago.' "We're trying to help people who are struck by terrorism and
violence," Kupfer said.