Sukkos Brings Simcha To Chai Lifeline’s Children

12 10 2009

chaiPassaic, N.J.-Chai Lifeline, the organization renowned for helping families cope with the crises and daily challenges of serious pediatric illness, elevated the simcha of Sukkos for thousands of seriously ill children and their families this week. Across the country, chol hamoed activities brought laughter and joy to lives impacted by life-threatening or chronic pediatric illness.

Chol Hamoed activities included a number of special events closer to home for those who couldn’t get to a theme park – or who just wanted to continue the celebration.

Bais Torah U’tifilah in Passaic, NJ, hosted four hundred children and counselors in their sukkah this week. The music and dancing were accompanied by fun, games, and of course, kid-friendly food.

One hundred Brooklyn girls and their counselors spent a wonderful evening in the sukkah of Aviva Honikman, who donates her musical and artistic talents to Camp Simcha and Chai Lifeline year-round. The sounds of their laughter could be heard throughout the borough as campers regaled their siblings with recollections of their favorite moments at camp.

“Paradoxically, times of simcha are sometimes hardest on children living with illness,” stated Rabbi Simcha Scholar, Chai Lifeline’s executive vice president. “Some children can’t participate because of disabilities resulting from illness, or because they need special care. Other children feel estranged because of the pressures of living with an ill sibling or parent. By bringing them together with loving, trained counselors in entertaining circumstances, Chai Lifeline gives them the opportunity to find friendship, comfort, and acceptance that will help see them through the hard times they face.”

(News Source: TheYeshivaWorld .com)

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