Thank You – for Giving and Giving Some More
The pen cannot express,
Nor words adequately bless
You – for giving without end
More than we even comprehend.
You gave from your warmest heart,
And melted ours from the start.
With your gentle and thoughtful touch,
You eased our pain so much.
May you merit for many more years
To do kindness with Hashem’s “special dears.”
And may Hashem endow you with your fill
As He grants those who do His will.
May you succeed in all that you do,
And may He grant all you ask to you!
With thanks and appreciation, admiration, and gratitude,
Yaffa K. (mother of Tully) and the entire family
Summer is winding down and with it, Ezer Mizion’s summer camp program. “It’s very fulfilling,” says Aharon Levy, senior Ezer Mizion administrator upon the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Camp Program. This year about 4,000 participated in the day camps and retreats, 4,000 special needs children, special needs young adults, families dealing with cancer, mentally disabled and physically disabled. The common denominator of all the summer camp programs was the tremendous challenge posed every day and each hour of camp, which demanded comprehensive and uncompromising logistics, single-minded commitment, devoted staff and a cadre of enthusiastic volunteers.
“Here where I stand,” says Aharon Levy, “about 400 girls with special needs are enjoying a safe and professional retreat here, which accommodates all their unique requirements. The volunteers –one, sometimes two, for each child– underwent special training that taught them exactly what they would have to do. Continue reading Summing it All Up
For the third year running, the Netivot branch of Ezer Mizion held its day camp on the campus of Chemdat Hadarom College
Last week, Ezer Mizion finished its summer camp season with 14 different camps when its day camp for special children on the campus of Chemdat Hadarom College in Sedot Negev ended.
This is the third year that the Netivot branch of Ezer Mizion has been running the day camp on the campus.
110 special-needs children from the entire Southern region participated in the camp, each one with a personal counselor assigned to him. The day camp was operated by Ezer Mizion administrative and professional staff, backed by 140 volunteers. The camp ran for two weeks. Continue reading Netivot’s Third Year
Sequel to Rx: Fun ( a description of Ezer Mizion’s Summer Camp for Families dealing with Cancer)
“My 7 year old daughter has been sick for the past 5 years. She never smiles anymore.” His voice broke. For several moments, he couldn’t speak. With tears streaming down his face, he continued, “Yesterday she smiled!” He could not stop telling me how enveloped with caring he and his wife and the other children feel at camp. “It’s like someone wrapped us in a soft blanket, and is gently stroking us and healing our emotional wounds.”
It was indeed little Gitti who smiled at camp. Her parents and siblings smiled too and laughed with her, holding on to her waning strength and her life that was ebbing away.
This past Tuesday, just two days ago, little Gitti woke up and gently announced to her parents and siblings: “Today is my last day in this world.”
Seeing the great distress and pain that she was in, her parents urgently called her doctor and asked him to come right away. By the time he arrived at their home, she had closed her eyes forever…
השם נתן והשם לקח – יהי שם השם מבורך…
Ezer Mizion is with the family at this very sad and difficult time, glad that we were able to fortify them only three short weeks ago at our summer camp with relief and respite ahead of this terrible loss.
May we share good news only!