We all know the saying, “The biggest help is to stay out of the way.” Uttered by so many parents in the hectic weeks before Yom Tov, oftentimes that is really all the parents need; a slight break from the busy family life, so they could prepare for Pesach.
But what if the child is terminally ill? The parents have been in and out of the hospital for months. The siblings are overwhelmed, the parents perhaps unable to cope. This Pesach won’t make itself, and these children won’t entertain themselves.
Erev Pesach, 5775. While the rest of the world was in a whirlwind, Misameach volunteers were doing what they do best: throwing a party. hundreds of children attended, with dozens of Misameach staff members supervising. Parents dropped off their children for the day, where they were treated to a gourmet meal, a spellbinding story-teller, indoor rides, petting zoo ,music by the rak rega band, ,pony rides,juggling show and fire exhibit by the Lakewood Fire Dept
Events like these are what set Misameach apart. Misameach provides relief and entertainment when it is most needed, and they come up with unique arrangements to fit the needs of patients and their families. Like when they flew Mordechai ben David, the King of Jewish music, to the Midwest to entertain a terminally ill patient. Or the time they brought a young adult struggling with illness on a private cruise with Yehuda Green.
It is stories like these that have garnered Misameach nationwide respect. Doctors and nurses at all the major hospitals Misameach frequents have voiced their approval many times over, saying the regular visits help their patients in the healing process.
Misameach’s regular services include weekly visits to hospitals and patients’ homes, family outings, birthday parties, live music and entertainment, magicians, professional clowns, arts-and-crafts activities, and fully-stocked kosher DVD libraries. Misameach was founded in Lakewood, NJ in 2008, and currently services New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Boston; and occasionally Baltimore, Cincinnati, and Detroit; with plans to expand their loving reach. As their motto has always been, they are on a mission to keep “Spreading smiles”.
Misameach would like to thank the Lakewood Fire dept for their incredible show,Rabbi Yoel Ferber , Yossi Reiner ,ben&Nami Miller Yitzy Zoinz and the Rak Rega Band ,the lakewood Gym , Pizza plus, Pesachu Lowenberg,David Jacobs&crew .Berger Family ,and the many other dedicated volunteers that helped out with this great event
You have the power to help them continue in their mission. Become a part of their success. (Donations to Misameach can be made on their website.)