Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka Bikur Cholim is committed to bringing joy to children exposed to unfortunate situations.
C.H.A.I. (CHildren Affected by Illness) Friends, a division of Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka Bikur Cholim, recognizes that even a healthy child can be adversely affected by the sad reality of living with an ill parent or sibling, and certainly if the child himself is dealing with medical challenges.
Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka Bikur Cholim offers various programs and services to uplift the spirits of these children and brighten their lives.
Whether it’s remembering a birthday with a card or gift, presenting new school supplies in a brand new knapsack, or giving new clothing for Yom Tov or a family simchah, the child is given the message that he is cared for and that there is sunshine in his life. Other activities include occasional gifts during a medical crisis and our annual distribution of Chanukah gelt and presents.
At Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka Bikur Cholim, we believe in infusing added joy and happiness throughout the year. But what better time can there be to increase in joy as on Sukkos?
Despite the heavy rain, spirits soared and the party went on as usual at the annual C.H.A.I. Friends Sukkos Party for CHildren Affected by Illness this past Chol Hamo’ed.
Dozens of neighborhood children enjoyed a magic show that was performed especially for them, as well as making sukkah crafts with snack foods, getting their faces painted, and noshing on pizza from Pomodori and a wide assortment of sweets.
Peals of laughter rang throughout the sukkah as the Mad Scientist Dr. Shnitzel, known in everyday life as Michoel Goldin, fascinated and entertained the children with outrageous experiments and antics. Explosions, flying rolls of toilet paper, and popping balloons were all part of the non stop amusement.
Shmulie Lieberman, a young, talented singer who also played the night away at the Simchas Beis Hasho’evah, delighted the crowd with all new Jewish dance hits as well as with some unexpected oldies such as “Here Comes the Trolley” from When Zaidy Was Young and “Who is He” from Kivi and Tuki. The children could not help but get carried away with the dancing and singing.
While Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka Bikur Cholim is all too often associated with illness and sadness, this event was one of pure, unadulterated joy! In the words of one Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka Bikur Cholim volunteer, “It was the most amazing feeling, seeing all those smiling parents and the even bigger smiles on the faces of their children.”
Special thanks to Yoni Raskin, Chaim Drizin, Shmulie Lieberman, Pomodori, Rozy Tzivin and the Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka Bikur Cholim volunteers.
To find out more about Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka Bikur Cholim of Crown Heights or C.H.A.I. Friends, please call 718.467.1661 or email info@bikurcholimCH.org.