helping Kids: How Parents Can Encourage their Children to Do Good
By Cathy Lanyard, Executive Director, American Friends of ALYN Hospital
am the School Director for a school with kids from K-8 and we are
trying to find a meaningful, hands-on project to involve our entire
student body. Any ideas?
Bar mitzvah is in a few months and I want to get all my friends
involved in some kid of project to help others. Can your organization
response to these and similar questions about how people young and
old can get involved in doing something for people less fortunate,
we created the Mitzvah of Love project. After fielding so many calls
and emails I took a fact finding trip across the US and talked to
Principals, Religious School Directors and young people about what
they were looking for in a charity project.
discovered that the days of encouraging children and teenagers to
donate their money to McDonalds charity boxes are gone
everyone I spoke to was unanimous in wanting to meet several goals:
teach the lessons of good deeds to others and also actually prompt
participants to act.
Mitzvah of Love program does all this and more
all it takes is for one child, teen or adult to pick an activity,
invite their friends, ask their community to sponsor them, and Friends
of ALYN will do the rest. We wanted to make this program as
simple and as easy as possible, so that all the participants have
to do is focus on having a great time and helping kids across the
money raised goes directly to support the handicapped children at
ALYN Hospital in Jerusalem Israels premiere comprehensive
rehabilitation center for physically handicapped children. I
love the idea that healthy, fabulous American children are getting
up and doing something because they can for the Alyn kids who cannot.
Working with these groups is so rewarding and we are thrilled to
see more and more events happening all across the US.
during conflict does not discriminate between male or female, adult
or child. ALYN Hospital in Jerusalem is evidence of this
the children rehabilitating within its walls are as often from Israeli
Arab and Palestinian villages as they are from Israeli towns. ALYNs
philosophy makes it as unique as their patients there is
a one-on-one relationship between each child and their therapist,
so that no matter what the health issue birth defect, degenerative
disease, or injury as a result of the conflict the child
is given all the attention and love that cutting edge technology
and a loving staff can provide.
kids of any age even grown up kids there is something
to do in order to raise money for this special hospital. All it
takes is for one child, teen or adult to pick an activity, invite
their friends, ask their community to sponsor them, and Friends
of ALYN will do the rest. The program is designed to be as simple
as possible, with Friends of ALYN providing everything from a CD
of downloadable letters and email formats for sponsors to pedometers
for each participant so that they can count the number of steps
or the amount of time spent in during the activity. All the participants
have to do is focus on taking the helm in their community and having
a good time.
is a private nonprofit hospital and only a portion of every childs
care is reimbursed by health insurance; so the American Friends
of Alyn seeks friends to help them meet the funding shortfall.
find out more about Mitzvah of Love programs, past successful projects
and how to organize your own project go to www.alynus.org
and/or call Cathy Lanyard, Executive Director of American Friends
of Alyn Hospital, at 212-869-8085.