Mesamche Lev was founded 50 years ago to bring joy to the poor through programs that ensure that Shabbos, holidays, and weddings are celebrated with joy. The organization serves over 19,000 families in Israel and over 1,200 widows in Israel, the US, and Canada. Its programs include the famed shoe distribution, which serves 40,000 children; massive holiday distributions, where thousands receive meat, grocery coupons and checks; the orphan wedding program; and more.