My name is Jeffrey and I live in Northern Virginia. On August 17th, I will turn 13 years old and will celebrate my Bar Mitzvah shortly afterwards. In the Jewish religion, this means I’ll be regarded as an adult. In our synagogue, it is traditional for the Bar Mitzvah to do a project meaningful to them.
A Mitzvah is a good deed done from religious duty. While some people may view the project as a burden or something they must do, I view it as an opportunity to help others. For my Bar Mitzvah project, I have decided to conduct a toy/other wishes drive to benefit the INOVA Children's Hospital.
When my mom was a teenager, she had Hodgkins Lymphoma, which is a type of cancer that affects the immune system. My mom went through multiple surgeries, radiation treatment and spent a lot of time in the hospital. As an adult, my mom also survived breast cancer. I am very grateful that my mom beat cancer TWICE and is here today to tell me her stories.
Staying in the hospital can be lonely, isolating and boring. I know when I have stayed home sick from school, I felt better when I was distracted. I believe this same principle applies to children in the hospital. Therefore, I've chosen to conduct a toy/other wishes drive to benefit the childrens at INOVA Children's Hospital. I believe these items will help take children’s minds off being sick, even if just for a short period of time, and help their bodies focus on feeling better. As the Torah teaches, help others to help themselves and be grateful for what you have.
To maximize the impact of my project, I am providing 2 ways to help:
If you'd like to send a check, please contact SusanFriedman@verizon.net. Checks should be payable to:
INOVA Children's Hospital andlist "Child Life Service" in the memo line.
ALL DONATIONS are appreciated and all goods and proceeds will go to INOVA Children's Hospital.
Thank you for helping me make a child's hospital stay a little better and hopefully even bring a smile to a child's face!