Posts Tagged ‘giving’

The View from Both Ends

July 4, 2018

helping handssIt feels good to give. Seeing the joy on another person’s face because of something that you did is an experience that cannot be defined. I know about that. I joined Ezer Mizion’s Linked to Life awhile back. L2L is  WhatsApp group that can be called for rides, deliveries of vital supplies and a zillion other requests by people who are dealing with serious illness. I’ve given rides to many people. Sometimes it’s a young mother counting the seconds until she can be back at the bedside of her baby who is fighting for his life at the hospital. She had planned to go by bus – even though she is beyond exhausted – until someone mentioned that she should try calling Linked to Life. In a few minutes, I appear at her doorstep, ready to give her door-to-door service. The utter joy on her face is the ‘gas’ that keeps me going even though, shortly before the request call came in, I was ready to fall into bed myself. Then there was the time I answered a call to pick up a vital blood sample from the airport and bring it to a doctor. “I’ve got a ten-year-old child waiting at the hospital. This little tube of blood can save her life,” the doctor thanked me. I’m sure I don’t have to explain to you that those words made me feel seven feet tall.

 

But now I want to tell you about another ride to Tel HaShomer Hospital. This time I wasn’t the driver. This time I was the drivee.  A family member was ill and all of us rallied to take shifts. But normal responsibilities did not disappear. A full workday remained. Homework with kids etc. You all know the routine. And on top of it all, the trip to the hospital via a couple of buses. Suddenly a precious Ezer Mizion volunteer appears. For him, too, it is the end/beginning/middle of a work day, but, with a big smile, he takes you to the hospital and back. Just like I never fully realized what I was doing, he cannot even imagine what a huge chessed he is doing with this “simple” ride.

I greet my relative and take care of his needs until he is ready for a nap. Then I wander around the hospital ward and notice a mother looking very frightened. When I ask her how I can help out, she explains that there is a special medication that she’d left at home. Quickly, I ‘flip to my other hat’. I send a message to the Linked to Life coordinator: Who can deliver a medicine from Bnei Brak to the hospital? Almost instantly, someone responds to fill her need.

The happiness, the emotion, and the blessings that burst forth from that mother’s heart the moment the medicine arrived!

I meet here the wonderful Ezer Mizion volunteers who come to give out coffee, cake, and hot food to family members during the long, hard waiting time. When I ask them how they got here and how they are getting home, they answer proudly – “With the Linked to Life volunteers.”

Dear fellow Linked to Life members, you are an important and critical part of this remarkable chessed chain of Ezer Mizion.   At moments like these, I am prouder than ever to be a member of this holy group. In the hope and prayer that all of us should always be on the giving end – only.

Want to join Linked to Life? No matter where on the planet you live, you will be welcomed.

SMS 011 972 52 580 8936

 

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Giving with Vitamin P

August 2, 2017

pr general hel;ioong hand in darkTheir mother has cancer and is in a very precarious condition. Her situation is shaky. The family is shaky. And terrified. And numb. And overwhelmed. And beaten. And disoriented. All at once.

 

A day of fun, of pampering can work wonders for the spirit. I ask them what they would want. Unable to think past their dire situation, they say, “A trip to Teverya, to pray at the gravesite of Rabbi Meir Baal Hanes, to daaven for Ima to have a nes, a miracle…

Linked to Life is not staffed by mere people. It is staffed by angels. When there are angels along the way, things looks different… It starts with a phone call to Shmulik of Ezer Mizion’s Transport Division, who works on the logistics for the family trip to Teverya.

 

Family bonding. A vitamin called ‘Pleasure’ to strengthen the spirit. Vital ingredients for this Special Day. And so it gets better: First thing in the morning Yishai, the nicest volunteer driver in the world, reports at the door with a huge smile and takes them for a banana boat ride on the Kinneret, funding donated by SL from Teverya. Smiles are contagious and tentative replicas begin to appear on the faces of the family.

 

And even better: They continue on to a gourmet meal at the Caesar Hotel, funding donated by AAA from Caesarea. Long-forgotten feelings of happiness well up in them as they continue their day of pampering.

 

They reach the gravesites of Rabbi Meir Baal Hanes in Teverya and Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai in Meron and daven with every fiber of their being. Their arms around each other, they leave strengthened. They’re a family. They can cope.

 

More Vitamin P, shared together, empowering them for the difficult days ahead: a fantastic performance to suit their mood (funded by MH from Hadera) tops off the day.

 

Because that’s the way it is with Ezer Mizion’s Linked to Life, when there are people there who care about you, who are sensitive to your needs and want with all their heart to pamper you…

 

Ezer Mizion provides services to over 660,000 of Israel’s population annually in addition to its Bone Marrow Registry which saves the lives of Jewish cancer patients the world over.

 

For further info: www.ezermizion.org             5225 New Utrecht Ave Bk NY 11219             718 853 8400

 

The Kakoon Family- A Valued Ezer Mizion Partner

May 3, 2017

Kakoon Family ok to use - Dassy- fGiving. It’s the wheel that makes the world go around. Some people have discovered its joys and thrive on ‘being there’ for a friend or neighbor with a problem. The Kakoons are such a family.  Avrohom Kakoon acts as a chazzan (cantor) and spiritual leader at his shul (synagogue). In his spare time, he also volunteers as an emergency respondent for Hatzalah. His wife, Rina, volunteers as a doula, coaches new mothers and young families in managing their home and in parenting, and also cooks and bakes for families of women after birth. As infants, their seven children imbibed the satisfaction that accompanies giving and the sense of responsibility for those less fortunate.  Helping families after birth, running a used clothing center, mentoring youngsters in the community. Driving an ambulance, heading a branch of United Hatzalah, helping out families in the community who are undergoing crises, activity clubs for young people in the community.  The Kakoon siblings are involved in all of these. How can they not be? It was the ambience in the home they grew up in.

When the family discovered Ezer Mizion, they clicked with the organization like a magnet to a paper clip. An entity that does not recognize 9-5 hours, whose founder routinely gives out his private cell phone number to recently orphaned children and tells them to call anytime, whose teenage volunteers vie with their friends to obtain an unpaid position in Ezer Mizion’s summer camp for special kids… Ezer Mizion was the perfect partner for the Kakoons.

They helped out in any way they could. One has even undertaken to head the Ezer Mizion’s Modi’in Linked to Life   group and another its counterpart in the Migdal HaEmek area. Linked to Life is a What’s App Center which connects Jews throughout Israel and even Europe, the US and Canada in order to provide for the needs of people around the globe. A surgical device is needed and can’t wait for regular mail. A man from Eretz Yisroel forgot his vital medication and realizes it only when he a several thousand feet in the air, on his way to California. A wheelchair-bound young man living in the North would like to spend Pesach with his family in Jerusalem and needs a ride in a wheelchair-accessible vehicle. Hundreds of people like this are constantly being helped by heads of groups like the Kakoons and the volunteers who drop what they are doing at a buzz of their phone and race out to help a fellow Jew.

Avrohom and Rina planted strong seeds which continue to flourish into the next generation. Last summer vacation, while her peers were having fun in the pool and park, Avivah, a granddaughter, discovered another kind of fun. She gathered a group of friends and set up a refreshment stand. The girls popped popcorn and prepared gallons of drinks to sell to passersby. The money? It was donated to Ezer Mizion’s Cancer Support Division to help sick children, of course. Ezer Mizion welcomes Avivah as its newest volunteer and awaits her latest ideas to help those less fortunate than herself. Congratulations, Avivah! You have discovered the much sought after key to happiness.

Ezer Mizion provides services to over 660,000 of Israel’s population annually in addition to its Bone Marrow Registry which saves the lives of Jewish cancer patients the world over.

 

 

For further info: www.ezermizion.org              5225 New Utrecht Ave Bk NY 11219             718 853 8400

Giving at the Workplace via CFC

September 3, 2015

cfc logo jpegCFC 11583
EZER MIZION: ISRAEL’S HEALTH SUPPORT FOR TH E ILL & THE AGED
Since 2007 Ezer Mizion has been chosen as a participant in the U.S. government program’s Combined Federal Campaign that offers federal employees the opportunity of making contributions to non-profit organizations by payroll deductions.
The campaign enables civilian, military and postal employees to make either one-time or monthly donations to benefit participating organizations. Choices are made between September and December of each year. Every year about 1.3 million government employees pledge over $250 million to the 2,200 national organizations and 20,000 local charities that are part of this campaign. Many participants, who would like to support a charity in Israel, have chosen Ezer Mizion, one of Israel’s major organizations. Founded in 1979, Ezer Mizion offers a wide range of services for the seriously ill, the special child, the elderly, the disabled and the mentally ill.
Ezer Mizion’s International Jewish Bone Marrow Registry, the largest Jewish registry in the world, engages in its vital work of saving the lives of Jewish patients around the globe, whose sole chance of survival had been a bone marrow transplant. in addition, Ezer Mizion, founded in 1979, offers a wide range of services in Israel for the seriously ill, the special child, the elderly, the disabled and the mentally ill.
Professional therapy and support is offered at Ezer Mizion’s Oranit, Israel’s Guest Home for Children with Cancer and their Families. The elderly and disabled receive free transportation to doctor appointments and treatment centers by Ezer Mizion’s trained ambulance drivers. Hot meals are delivered daily to families whose member is suffering from serious illness. Support and guidance are provided for the mentally ill and their families.
Ezer Mizion, with its over 14,000 volunteers enhancing the effectiveness of its professional staff, alleviates the suffering of people from every segment of Israel’s population who are facing health challenges.
A visitor to Ezer Mizion may see the buzz of activity at the Registry as staff carries out its vital mission of saving Jewish lives or perhaps a child with cancer smiling for the first time in days as she pets a chinchilla at Ezer Mizion’s Wildlife Pavilion. Or he may witness the grin on the face of a special needs girl as she proudly displays a piece of jewelry that she created. Or he may be invited to come along on the run of an ambulance driver and stand in awe as he brings a wheelchair-bound octogenarian to his doctor’s appointment with professionalism, warmth and with dignity.
It is only because of its caring supporters that Ezer Mizion is able to continue its humanitarian efforts. Ezer Mizion is grateful to Jewish Aid Worldwide who has once again assisted in securing its participation in this federal campaign and to the many government employees who have chosen to support Ezer Mizion via CFC and to continue their support in the coming campaign.
Please join the many Ezer Mizion supporters via CFC #11583.

CFC #11583

November 5, 2014

Since 2007 Ezer Mizion has been chosen as a participant in the U.S. government program’s Combined Federal Campaign that offers federal employees the opportunity of making contributions to non-profit organizations by payroll deductions.
The campaign enables civilian, military and postal employees to make either one-time or monthly donations to benefit participating organizations. Choices acfc logo jpegre made between September and December of each year. Every year about 1.3 million government employees pledge over $250 million to the 2,200 national organizations and 20,000 local charities that are part of this campaign. Many participants, who would like to support a charity in Israel, have chosen Ezer Mizion, one of Israel’s major organizations. Founded in 1979, Ezer Mizion offers a wide range of services for the seriously ill, the special child, the elderly, the disabled and the mentally ill.
Ezer Mizion’s International Jewish Bone Marrow Registry, the largest Jewish registry in the world, engages in its vital work of saving the lives of Jewish patients around the globe, whose sole chance of survival had been a bone marrow transplant. in addition, Ezer Mizion, founded in 1979, offers a wide range of services for the seriously ill, the special child, the elderly, the disabled and the mentally ill.
Professional therapy and support is offered at Ezer Mizion’s Oranit, Israel’s Guest Home for Children with Cancer and their Families. The elderly and disabled receive free transportation to doctor appointments and treatment centers by Ezer Mizion’s trained ambulance drivers. Hot meals are delivered daily to families whose member is suffering from serious illness. Support and guidance are provided for the mentally ill and their families.
Ezer Mizion, with its over 14,000 volunteers enhancing the effectiveness of its professional staff, alleviates the suffering of people from every segment of Israel’s population who are facing health challenges.
A visitor to Ezer Mizion may see the buzz of activity at the Registry as staff carries out its vital mission of saving Jewish lives or perhaps a child with cancer smiling for the first time in days as she pets a chinchilla at Ezer Mizion’s Wildlife Pavilion. Or he may witness the grin on the face of a special needs girl as she proudly displays a piece of jewelry that she created. Or he may be invited to come along on the run of an ambulance driver and stand in awe as he brings a wheelchair-bound octogenarian to his doctor’s appointment with professionalism, warmth and with dignity.
It is only because of its caring supporters that Ezer Mizion is able to continue its humanitarian efforts. Ezer Mizion is grateful to Jewish Aid Worldwide who has once again assisted in securing its participation in this federal campaign and to the many government employees who have chosen to support Ezer Mizion via CFC and to continue their support in the coming campaign.
Please join the many Ezer Mizion supporters via CFC #11583.