HAMPTON SYNAGOGUE HEBREW SCHOOL
Empowerment Program at Work


Under the Bear Givers' newly instituted Empowerment Program, starting in January 2009 a generous grant was awarded to the Hampton Synagogue Hebrew School to encourage students and their families to visit and distribute Teddy Bears to children that are ill and also to the elderly in its community. This Mitzvah Project will enable students of the Hampton Synagogue Hebrew School to put chesed and tzedakah into practice, making them feel good about themselves and the wonderful things they are doing for those in need.





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“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
“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
“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
“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.”
-Newsday