ISRAEL HOSPITAL TOUR - JULY 2003

Joseph B. Sprung, President and Founder of Bear Givers (formerly known as Bears 4 Kids) visited with sick children and distributed over 1,000 teddy bears in the following Israeli hospitals:

Receiving the teddy bears raised the spirits of these youngsters who were eagerly awaiting the arrival of the Bears 4 Kids team!

A special thanks to Schneider Children's Medical Center of Israel for arranging all the hospital visits and to Toys R Us for generously discounting the bears for this charitable purpose.

SCHNEIDER CHILDREN'S MEDICAL CENTER OF ISRAEL
The only tertiary care hospital in the middle east specializing in the care of infants, children and adolescents. It consists of 7 floors, 250 beds and state-of-the-art care in all specialties.
The children are in an environment geared to their special needs, "with a friendly and happy atmosphere".

“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
“I was proud to make someone happy. It made me feel good inside to help someone else.” -Taylor, Student, South Florida Jewish Academy
“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
“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