AMIT Shachar students refurbish elderly man’s home
For the second time in the past six months, students from AMIT Shachar Junior and Senior High School for Girls organized a significant chesed initiative to benefit an 80-year-old man.
The 11th-grade girls organized a fundraiser, setting up booths at local shopping centers in Beit Shemesh and raising money from their parents and neighbors, all to help a senior in need.
Guided by their teacher Sima Kafri and a mentor from Maagalim, a nonprofit that empowers 11th and 12th graders from the geographic and socioeconomic periphery in Israel to undergo a process of personal growth, the girls raised enough money to refurnish the man’s apartment ahead of Passover.
They bought him a bed, table, couch, microwave oven, new dishwasher, sheets and towels, pillows and utensils. One of the parents donated an oven for the cause, and another parent helped move some of the donated goods into his house from a nearby moshav.
The senior welcomed the girls into his home and movingly thanked each one of them and wished them success in their lives.
“We learned to pay attention to the people around us, to help others, and to be sensitive to what is happening around us,” said one student. “We learned how much power we have to give.”