Bais Rivkah ‘HOO’ Volunteers Appreciated

An impressive one hundred-eighty HOO volunteers gathered together for a pre-Chanukah chocolate party last Wednesday. HOO – Helping Our Own, a volunteer program initiated by Bais Rivkah High School, reaches out weekly to Crown Heights families going through a challenging or overwhelming time.

Whether partnering with Bikur Cholim of Crown Heights to assist a family faced with a difficult or serious medical situation, supporting a large family with an extra helping hand, or Boruch Hashem stepping in when a family is blessed with a new baby, HOO volunteers act with respect, compassion and kindness.

In appreciation of their remarkable work, HOO volunteers were treated to a morning of sumptuous food, good fun and inspiration. This exciting event included a captivating Chanukah game generously donated by Zslides and an important address by Mrs. Chani Itkin on the lifelong impact a volunteer has on a family facing a difficult set of circumstances.

Everyone was moved when a number of  HOO volunteers spontaneously expressed how rewarded they felt in actively helping  families in need.

In Mushka’s words:

“One could tell how much effort went into every detail of the appreciation event- the chocolate covered spoons, the hilarious game show….very cute and loads of fun! I felt that  Morah Tiechtel spoke from her heart when she told us how much our chessed makes a difference. A recipient of volunteers shared her very distressing story which had many of us tearing up; her appreciation of the chessed that she had benefited from was clearly evident. We left motivated, inspired, and so proud to be part of our very special HOO group!!”

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