Empowerment Program at Work

November 2012 - Students of the Long Island Jewish Academy help out with Hurricane Sandy Relief efforts by bringing warm and cuddly teddy bears to the residents of Oceanside, Long Island who were victims of the terrible devastation.

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The Long Island Jewish Academy is making a difference one bear at a time through Bear Givers Empowerment Program.  Please enjoy the SmileBox above that they so thoughtfully created.

The following is a sampling of some of the heartwarming sentiments expressed by the Long Island Jewish Academy after visiting and distributing teddy bears to various institutions, such as hospitals and geriatric centers. 

He would ‘BEARly’ smile, but Mom said he cuddled with his BEAR after we left.

You BEARly notice you have a booboo with BEARS around.

Chai Lifeline was BEARY happy to receive our BEARS to give to children to cheer them up.

Broken bones and broken hearts
Disappear from hospital charts
When suddenly a BEAR appears,
No more frowns, no more tears!

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“I was proud to make someone happy. It made me feel good inside to help someone else.” -Taylor, Student, South Florida Jewish Academy
“Children can also be ‘benefactors.’ The program teaches children that when they do an act of kindness, they receive something in return. When children give away a teddy bear, they receive a teddy bear to take home. The principle seems quite simple, but the result is truly amazing. Children at SLCD identified charitable organizations in other states and countries. They wrote letters to the children in these other programs and sent teddy bears to ‘make other children feel better.’ Despite severe developmental disabilities, each child had something to say about giving a gift. ‘I sent my teddy bear to a little boy in Mexico. He doesn’t have parents. I have a mommy and a daddy. He must be very sad.’ Children’s insights are precious. Letters were then received from the children who received the teddy bears.”
-Long Island Press
“This is a unique opportunity, where the clients who are often the recipients of goodwill, are now empowered to enhance the lives of others.” -Derek Saker, Director of Communications, OHEL
“The feeling the children get when they take that physical bear and that card they created to someone else is very empowering.” -Joseph Sprung, Founder and CEO, Bear Givers
“Children from the school who give one of these bears away also get to keep one for themselves. It is a great way for students to feel good about making a difference in someone’s life.”