When the rest of the nation celebrated Yom Hatzmaut – Israel’s independence day all over the country, 19 Ish Tzadik Haya Volunteers made their way to two hospitals: Schneider Children’s Medical Center in Petah Tikvah and Safra Hospital in Tel Hashomer. Their mission was to spend time with hospitalized sick children and delight them in fun and engaging fashions.
The volunteers spent time in the following wards:
Schneider Children’s Hospital: Surgery, Hematology, Inpatient III, Inpatient IV, Dialysis, Cardiac Unit, Children’s Ward A and Children Ward B.
Safra Hospital: Rehabilitation Department, Department A: Wards A&B, and Department B: Wards A&B
We select specific days for our volunteer activities, so we can support the sick children and ease suffering, as well as lighten the load a bit for their families, in these difficult times. This was the case during Passover and on Israel’s Independence Day.
For days prior to this initiative, Ish Tzadik Haya volunteers were involved in selecting and acquiring materials, games, creative material, that would enable them to employ, engage, and delight the children.
We would like to share with you two of many experiences that the volunteers reported:
- “We were in a rehabilitation department, by a child who could not do the craft himself. He was transfixed on a chair and looked up from time to time without speaking. Nathaniel, one of our volunteers, took note of it, approached him, and played the guitar for a long time in an effort to lift the child’s spirits. We then gave the child arts and crafts items, a balloon, and a flag, so that he would feel like everyone else. At the end of the visit, the boy looked up, and without a word waved the hand that held the balloon and the flag, and expressed gratitude in his eyes.”
- “When I reached room 8, I heard a young girl of about seven, crying and murmuring her refusal to go to the nurses’ room for a blood transfusion. The girl then screamed and the mother was visibly tired, exhausted from the constant struggle. I went into the room, sat by the girl, and calmed her with the gifts we had brought. I was able to persuade her to go to the nurses’ room by agreeing to accompany her along with her mother. So she and her mother and I went to the nurses’ room to do the IV.”
We wish thank wholeheartedly our volunteers who gave up their time and energy and came to volunteer on this day.
We wish to thank our volunteers from the bottom of our heart. We pray that in the merit of their actions, G-d will fulfill all their wishes for the good and satisfy all their needs, in peace and tranquility.
Praiseworthy is the people that has this; Praiseworthy is the nation that there are their sons and their daughters.