On Sunday, during the first day of Chol HaMoed Sukkot, our volunteers set out to interact with patients at Hillel Yaffe Hospital in Hadera.
Near the emergency room, a two-year-old girl who had received blood infusion was sitting on her mother’s lap, crying. The mother’s attempts to calm the crying child, were to no avail.
The Ish Tzadid Haya volunteers arrived with a host of gifts and prizes and distracted the girl, blowing bubbles into the air. The little girl was fascinated as she watched the floating bubbles, her crying came to a stop and her tears dried. The grateful mother invited the volunteers to “Come every time ..”
The volunteers then went through the other wards and delighted the sick children and their adult caretakers with balloons and small gifts for the holiday.
Our volunteers left the hospital with a sense of satisfaction, with the knowledge that they succeeded, at least somewhat in relieving the pain and suffering by infusing the atmosphere with some holiday cheer.
We are fortunate to be counted among those who affect joy.